black lives matter
fen-pac statement on racism and racial injustice
The murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor have ignited mass protests and demonstrations not only in the United States but around the globe. In the aftermath of these horrific events, our nation has a renewed focus on racism and racial injustice. Tragically, this renewed focus is a long overdue. For centuries, the black community has endured unequal treatment under the law through physical brutality, unarmed killings, and mass incarceration.
Just as broadcast television exposed the horrors of Jim Crow laws and segregation in the 1960s. Today, smartphones and social media have shed new light on police brutality and unarmed killings along with the daily encounters of racism that African Americans and people of color experience on a regular basis.
Racism and racial injustice towards African Americans is an undeniable part of our nation’s history as it still remains a major crisis in our nation today. Throughout each generation, leaders and activists have arisen to create a more equal and just America. The abolitionists in their struggle to end slavery, the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, the Black Power movements of the 1970s, and now Black Lives Matter have all led the charge to confront and fight racial injustice in this country.
Economic hardships and inequities in the black community are also rooted in racism and racial injustice. Historical discrimination and exclusion from equitable education, gainful employment, and financial institutions have created a wealth, income, and employment gap that still exists between black and white Americans today. African Americans have higher levels of unemployment and lower levels of income and wealth compared to white Americans. The fight for racial and economic justice must go hand-in-hand. We cannot have one without the other.
Along with African Americans. Latino Americans, Native Americans, and Asian Americans have also endured racism and racial injustices in this country. The eradication of racism will require a multi-racial coalition of black, white, Latino, Native, and Asian Americans who are truly committed to a building society that lives out the values of equality, inclusion, economic opportunity, and justice for all.
Full Employment Now-Political Action Committee (FEN-PAC) stands in solidarity with all people and organizations who seek to end racism and implement racial justice in all parts of our society.