Statement on the George Floyd Murder & Racial Injustice
June 2, 2020
The Montgomery County Muslim Council (MCMC) strongly condemns the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Abery, Breonna Taylor, and unfortunately countless many other Black Americans. We grieve with their families, as we are all one single American community.
Fifty six years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, racial injustice continues to exist in our American society, and this is extremely troubling. We call for an end to this injustice. This comes primarily through understanding and dialog, and as such we strongly support the right to peacefully protest the heinous crimes which have contributed to these unfortunate deaths, but also condemn the episodes of violent behavior in the name of protest.
We ask our elected officials, local and national, to immediately bring the perpetrators of these heinous crimes to justice, including but not limited to Derek Chauvin and his fellow officers who stood by silently while he took the last breaths away from George Floyd. We demand an immediate end to any and all training of our law enforcement agencies taking place on foreign soil or at the hands of human rights violators.
We ask our state and local Montgomery County elected officials to immediately facilitate meetings and discussions involving our minority communities, the MoCo Chief of Police, along with the MoCo Sheriff’s office to ensure that additional and advanced levels of sensitivity and diversity training is introduced and implemented.
The diversity of our nation is one of the most important and cherished characteristics that define our society. Our nation’s founders specifically chose our motto to be,
“e pluribus unum” —out of many, one. Let us respect and honor our differences and come together as one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
With a heavy heart yet with belief and hope in a brighter future as one American community,
Montgomery County Muslim Council (MCMC)