VA-5 Candidate John Lesinski’s Statement regarding the Protests in Response to the Deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor

Lesinski Attended the Black Lives Matter Protests Yesterday in Charlottesville, VA.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — I protested yesterday on behalf of Black Lives Matter in Charlottesville, because the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis is not just a tragedy: it is an outrage that demands justice and reform.

Anyone denying that we continue to have a deep, systemic racism problem in this country is simply kidding themselves. People of color are and have been subjected to routine treatment by law enforcement that is unconscionable and reprehensible. We can say that these murders do not represent who we are: for far too many people of color, however, they represent precisely who we are and have been, and it is the responsibility of all Americans to say “Enough.”

While most police officers are good and decent people who do their jobs and do them well, police brutality is tearing our country apart. People of color are the victims, but it is on all of us, especially white Americans to listen to their experiences in this country, speak up when we see bad behavior, act, and make this injustice stop. It is our patriotic, moral, and ethical duty as Americans.

I call President Trump and his incendiary rhetoric to account. I call racist thugs masquerading as law enforcement like Bob Kroll to account. And I call myself and other white Americans who may have been shielded by our privilege from these harsh realities for too long to account. Black lives matter.