It is clear that we continue to be divided by hundreds of years of racial injustice and discrimination faced by the Black Community. These acts of injustice against George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Christian Cooper and countless others before them have created a swell of Americans across all races to come together and peacefully protest these wrong doings by a few that are sworn to uphold the law. This is not an indictment on all Police Officers, but just those that express this blatant disregard for their oath and the mere fact of human decency towards Black Americans as a whole and especially Black men.
As a Black man and the first Black Democratic County Chair in the history of Monmouth County, I truly understand systemic racism is deeply rooted in our society, and it’s important that peaceful protests are properly organized, that civil rights organizations, Black clergy and Elected officials participate in forums that help turn back racism and provide a place for the community to understand the issues and express their experiences. I share the pain that all are articulating across many platforms of expression.
We need to hold our elected officials accountable and make sure they put forward policies and laws that protect every citizen of this country. We need good police officers to speak out against bad police officers and push a system which gets rid of the bad police officers.
I strongly believe without peaceful protests we do not get to positive policy outcomes. I also know there are those that say that racial injustices do not happen here in Monmouth County, but it does, and we need to be prepared to listen to each other’s concerns.
President Barack Obama is urging all mayors to sign a pledge to reform police forces and I join him in urging the Monmouth County governing bodies – Democrat and Republican, including our county freeholder board to sign this pledge.
The pledge calls for the below:
1) Review police use of force policies.
2) Engage communities by including a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories in the review.
3) Report the findings of the review to the community and seek feedback.
4) Reform the community’s police use of force policies.
The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” America as a whole needs to recognize Black Americans’ contributions and value in this country so that we all achieve peace, justice and the american dream.
Stay safe, be well and stand against racism everywhere.
David G. Brown II was elected to an unexpired term as Monmouth County Democratic Chairman in 2017 and elected unanimously to a full term in 2018. He is the first black party chairman elected in the history of Monmouth County. He is one of three black county chairs in the state.
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