FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 4, 2020
Carl H Tutt, Jr, Chairman
STATEMENT FROM 100 BLACK MEN OF CHICAGO ON THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD
The 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc., is heartbroken and mourning the death of George Floyd who lost his life in Minneapolis. It is nearly impossible for any sensible, caring person in America not to feel some sense of grief related to this tragedy. His death is the latest in a series of senseless killings targeting African American men and women. These events have highlighted the systemic injustices and institutional racism which continue to plague the Black community to this day and often deprive deserving people of basic human dignity.
Chicago and our nation are in pain. We, as an organization will not allow lives to be devalued, especially those who believe that they have no effective legal recourse. The 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc., immediately calls upon our federal and state elected officials to enact policies and legislation which address inequities with public safety and illustrate respect, care, and dignity for African Americans and other people of color.
As a mentoring organization, those we mentor are closely watching our action or lack thereof. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that they have a society that values and respects their lives and those who look like them. It is also imperative that our local law enforcement officials are trained and equipped to engage with the African American community through a lens of racial and social justice equity.
We respect the rights of people to peacefully express their viewpoints surrounding the recent death of George Floyd and others across the country. We also support protests that continue to bring awareness to the issues contributing to their deaths. However, we do not condone behavior which endangers more lives and encourages reckless damage to property.
Furthermore, as we go through the healing process and respond to recent events, we must be mindful that we are still in the midst of a global pandemic which requires us to follow safety precautions and exercise social distancing. Our support to slowing the spread of the virus is paramount, or it will continue to be the silent killer that disproportionately affects our community.
The 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc., will be dedicated towards working with other nonprofits, local government agencies, and business partners. As a civic leader and community advocate, our commitment is to help build stronger communities, while using our voices, especially at the ballot box, to effect change.