Southeast Delegation issues statement supporting protests against racial injustice

HARRISBURG, June 9 – The House Democratic Southeast Delegation today issued the following statement in response to the death of George Floyd and ongoing protests against racial injustice.

“The video of George Floyd suffocating in police custody as pedestrians pleaded with officers to check on his well-being is heartbreaking.

“It’s heartbreaking because another life has been taken too soon.

“It’s heartbreaking because George Floyd’s death could have easily been avoided.

“And it’s heartbreaking, because George Floyd’s death illustrates yet another example of the type of racial injustice we have witnessed too many times across our nation in recent memory – and for centuries. 

“People in our communities are understandably sad, upset, disappointed and angry.

“The House Democratic Southeast Delegation stands committed to end racism and promote equality in our communities and across our state. It is not acceptable for resources or opportunities to be determined by race.

“We are asking citizens to be resolute in their determination to find effective solutions to the inequalities we see in our communities.

“Protests have raised awareness about racial injustice and have already helped bring about change.

“Each of our delegation’s members are willing and looking forward to having conversations about the change that needs to happen in order to ensure equality, preserve lives and avoid violence in our communities.”

The House Democratic Southeast Delegation includes 35 members representing Berks, Bucks, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery and York counties. State Rep. Margo Davidson, D-Delaware, is chairwoman of the delegation.