Press Statement

UnidosUS President and CEO Janet Murguía: George Floyd’s Killing Is 'An Outrage'

Nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization stands in solidarity with African Americans seeking accountability and justice

May 30, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC—Today UnidosUS (formerly NCLR) President and CEO Janet Murguía issued the following statement about the killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis and its aftermath: 

“The senseless and brutal killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers is an outrage. In this time of grief, we express our condolences to Mr. Floyd’s family and all those who knew and loved him. 

Mr. Floyd’s murder serves as yet another painful reminder of just how deeply entrenched prejudice and racism are in our nation’s institutions, from the highest levels of government to local law enforcement. UnidosUS stands in solidarity with our African American brothers and sisters in Minneapolis and nationwide, and we urge our community to unite with them in seeking accountability and justice. 

While we have long supported only nonviolent protesting, the demonstrations and events in Minnesota and across the country reflect the intense emotions of a growing number of Americans who demand change and the principled leadership our communities and country deserve. 

The complex, hard and necessary work to undo decades of discrimination and prejudice requires unity, leadership, and action. We will continue to work with African American and other leaders of color towards creating a more inclusive, safe and just nation, which we believe the vast majority of Americans want. We stand ready to pursue the policy changes that will begin to root out the structural racism and injustice that led to this tragic death and many others.” 

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit www.unidosus.org or follow us on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter. 

 

Contact:
Christopher Allbritton
news@unidosus.org
(305) 741-9886