Statement on Systemic Change and Police Violence

By Jason Bailey
June 2, 2020

“We join in outrage over the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, David McAtee and countless others and grieve for the pain and trauma experienced by Black Kentuckians from the systemic racism that pervades our society. We believe Black Lives Matter. We stand in support of the struggle for racial justice.

Police violence is a horrific result of the structural racism that also creates persistent inequalities when it comes to health, employment, education, housing, wealth and so much more. It is a manifestation of a system that inhibits the ability of Black Kentuckians to live in security and safety.

We call on Kentucky’s elected officials to make real, substantive changes to the programs and policies that enable police violence, perpetuate broader racial inequity, and cut short the lives of so many fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. We commit ourselves and our organization to supporting the systemic change needed through work on policy.”