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Statements on the Death of George Floyd and on Racism

We have got to do more.

The heinous and blatant brutality by a white Minneapolis police officer that led to the death of George Floyd – a black man – is a sickening example of the racial bias and injustice that has permeated our society for generations.

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  The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati decries the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Video recordings clearly show that Mr. Floyd, an African-American 46-year-old, was subjected to shocking brutality despite the fact that he was handcuffed and subdued.

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The Jewish Community Board of Akron (JCBA) decries the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally, we express great concern and sadness for a disturbing pattern of bigotry, racism, disparate treatment, and the unreasonable and unlawful use of authority against people of color.

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The tragic murder of George Floyd emphasizes the injustice and hurt, which our brothers and sisters in the African American community have felt for generations. As one Columbus community – committed to equality and justice for all – we stand with our African American brothers and sisters.

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We are heartbroken and outraged at the senseless and tragic death of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement. His death is yet another in a disturbingly long list of similar racist incidents and inexcusable injustices that have been perpetrated against African-Americans in this country, including against Mahoning Valley resident Matthew Burroughs.

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Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo expresses its deep concern and sadness for a disturbing pattern of bigotry, racism, disparate treatment, and the unreasonable and unlawful use of authority against people of color and particularly black Americans.  Bigotry and racism have resulted in false accusations, humiliation, fear, and murder against a community whose ancestors were brought to our shores in chains and who are still working to break the yoke of that unspeakable oppression by one human against another.

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We, the undersigned, are outraged at the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

We stand in solidarity with the black community that have for far too long been targeted by police and have suffered rampant racism and unfair and uneven applications of the law

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This week has reminded us yet again that we have a long way to go in our work towards a more just society for all. We will not stop fighting for a world free of racism and bigotry in all of its forms.

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We stand in solidarity with the Black community as they yet again are subject to pain and suffering at the hands of a racist and unjust system. While it is a necessary first step in the pathway towards justice that former Officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody yesterday, it is simply not enough.  

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On Shavuot, as we received the Torah anew, with its unbending demand for justice, we also witnessed protests in Minneapolis, Louisville, and around the United States following the all-too-familiar lethargy in bringing George Floyd’s killers to justice.  

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We will not remain silent. As a national organization made up of over 100,000 advocates in communities around the country — including Minnesota — we are outraged and devastated by the murder of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd was murdered by multiple police officers who held him down with their knees, however, the underlying cause of his death is systemic racism.  

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The Rabbinical Council of America, the leading membership organization of Orthodox rabbis in North America, condemns the senseless murder of George Floyd. He, like every human being, was created in the image of Almighty, and the loss of his life is a tragedy.

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In 2016, in response to incidents of police brutality against black people in Ferguson (Missouri), Baltimore and other cities in the United States, the Rabbinical Assembly, the international association for Conservative/Masorti rabbis, passed a Resolution on Racial Injustice and Police Brutality...

We are dismayed that since then, insufficient progress has been made and as we bear witness today to the brutality of treatment and subsequent death of George Floyd by law enforcement, and we cannot remain silent.

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We are saddened, sickened, and outraged to have seen another broadcast video of an African-American man dying at the hands of police officers.

Racism is not a thing of the past or simply a political issue. It is a real and present danger that must be met head on.  

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We join our fellow Americans nationwide in mourning the appalling and detestable killing of George Floyd.  We are outraged and call for the police officers responsible to be held accountable and brought to justice.  This tragedy is one that has occurred all too often.

American Jews historically have been and will continue to be allies of the African American community and all others in the fight against racism and injustice in the United States.See More

In Leviticus, the Torah tell us, “Do not stand idly by when your neighbor’s blood is shed.”  The Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton denounces the senseless death of Mr. George Floyd last week in Minneapolis. His murder is the most recent example of systemic and institutional racism.  

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Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, condemns all forms of bigotry, racism and hatred. Sadly, such attitudes have all too often shown their potential for inciting violence and destruction.  

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AJC continues to mourn the tragic death of George Floyd, whose life was crushed out of him May 25 under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer, while three other officers stood by and watched, if not abetted, this harrowing act of murder. He was the latest victim of a chronic and insidious affliction.  

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