ADL Statement One Year After George Floyd's Murder

New York, NY, May 25, 2021 … ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) today, one year after the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, renewed our call for real change to tackle systemic racism, reimagine public safety, and create transformational change to ensure justice and fair treatment for Black and other marginalized communities.

“George Floyd should still be alive today,” said ADL CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt. “As we continue to mourn his tragic death, we, as a society, can and must take action. Mr. Floyd's murder inspired a global movement, demanding sweeping racial equity and criminal justice reform.”

“From Breonna Taylor to Daunte Wright to Ronald Greene, and far too many more, it is past time for our country to reckon with the very real trauma inflicted by police violence. We must reimagine policing as a critical part of dismantling structural racism in this country,” said Greenblatt.

“We will continue to advocate for provisions in the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act and other proposals currently under consideration at the federal, state and local levels. We strongly support solutions to such endemic issues as training officers to use less lethal force and employ de-escalation techniques; ending racial profiling; and holding officers who engage in misconduct accountable.

“And yet, our problems do not begin and end with passing and enacting legislation,” added Greenblatt. “We must embrace a whole-of-society approach to ending systemic racism and all forms of hate, in all of our institutions and across all segments of society. The time to act is now.”

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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