Gray Panthers' Statement on the country's state of affairs

10 June 2020

We, at Gray Panthers, share the pain of so many today.  It’s impossible to not feel deeply affected by the inherent unequal police treatment and racist death of George Floyd - helpless and the object of police brutality.  It’s long overdue that many of the inequities underlying American culture be exposed - racism, discrimination, and police brutality which particularly affects African Americans. Of course, Gray Panthers condemns these prejudices and actions.  

As do most Americans, we honor the life of George Floyd and are horrified by his passing. 

 It’s not only the fury that Americans feel after watching the death of George Floyd as he was dying from police brutality “I can’t breathe” “Momma!” Floyd, 46, calls out. “Momma! I’m through,” the dying man says. 

 It’s not only the call to action due to the racist murder of George Floyd.  

 It’s not only the incompetence and almost authoritarian tendencies and actions of the current White House denizens.  The threat from the president of the United States to turn its military on peacefully protesting American citizens is not only anti-American and unconstitutional but reflects a dangerous mindset.

 It’s not only the fear of a serious economic downturn that may become as severe as the Great Depression. 

 It’s not only the heightened awareness of police brutality.

 It’s not only the specter of military action by the US military against US citizens peaceably redressing their grievances through protests in the streets.   

 It’s not only the lack of compassion, refusal to assist, or even to express empathy from the nation’s leaders.  

 It’s not only the constant lying by the president of the United States along with his advisors. 

 It’s not only the exposure of all of this nation’s inequities, prejudices, and all forms of discrimination.  Racism and other discriminatory -isms have been laid bare.  

 And, it is also that, daily, we see the scourge of ageism exposed. The COVID 19 pandemic hits most significantly older people. During this pandemic, we’ve been told (even by some elected officials) that older people are of little value.  They should die in order to allow others to have better economic situations. 

 It’s also a call to action. 

 First, let’s make love the priority.

VOTE.

Raise your voice for positive change.

Stay safe and healthy.

Remain the patriotic and loving Americans that you are.

 

With love and strength so that we all get through these challenging times.

 We appreciate you.

 Gray Panthers NYC

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