Rep. Zamarripa Statement on Protests
“Anger, fear, sadness—it’s been hard not to let these feelings overwhelm us as the nation watched another black man die at the hands of law enforcement. George Floyd should be alive today, but instead, he is a symbol of injustice and the systemic racism that pervades our country.
“When you live your life as a person of color, the suspicion of authority, the otherness you’re made to feel, the message that your safety and well-being is less important than a white person, all of this can chip away at your sense of self. What we want most is to be heard, to have our experience understood rather than dismissed, and for that to translate to real action.
“The protests that have taken place throughout Wisconsin reflect all of that, and while they have remained largely peaceful, businesses have been targeted and vandalized. While I condemn violence of any kind, we must not let the actions of a destructive few obscure the fact that a man is dead who should not be. I thank all those who have passionately and peacefully demonstrated for justice and made their voices heard, the countless volunteers who have cleaned up and shown up for their communities, and to the many leaders who have thoughtfully responded to this movement.
“This anger, fear and sadness will not defeat me, and I know it will not defeat Milwaukee. By and large, what I see on the streets and online is a reckoning with our country and our deeply entrenched views. I see a call to action that will not and cannot be ignored. While this will be an ongoing struggle with uncomfortable truths and hard work, I see hope for a better tomorrow.”
- ACLU of Wisconsin Criticizes Off-Duty Officer’s Assault on Photographers and Milwaukee Police Department’s Response - American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin - Jul 15th, 2020
- For Members Only: A Virtual Q+A with Rep. Jonathan Brostoff - Maddy Day - Jul 14th, 2020
- Tosa Alderwoman Calls for Firing Officer - Isiah Holmes - Jul 13th, 2020
- Protesters Rally for Joel Acevedo - Urban Milwaukee - Jul 13th, 2020
- Black Lives Matter Has LGBTQ+ Voices - Matt Martinez - Jul 13th, 2020
- Op Ed: The Tale of Two Milwaukees - Yui Hashimoto - Jul 12th, 2020
- Legislature Unlikely to Respond to BLM Movement Soon - Laurel White - Jul 11th, 2020
- How Many Police Live Where They Work? - Will Cushman - Jul 11th, 2020
- Support for Black-Owned Businesses Rising? - Megan Hart - Jul 11th, 2020
- City Hall: Council Seeks Police Reform, But Will It Happen? - Jeramey Jannene - Jul 10th, 2020
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