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1 Jun 2020

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Ben & Jerry's

Statement from Ben & Jerry's: We must dismantle white supremacy

All of us at Ben & Jerry’s are outraged about the murder of another Black person by Minneapolis police officers last week and the continued violent response by police against protestors. We have to speak out... The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy. What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning... we must embark on the more complicated work of delivering justice for all the victims of state sponsored violence and racism.

... [W]e are calling for four things:

  • First, we call upon President Trump, elected officials, and political parties to commit our nation to a formal process of healing and reconciliation...
  • Second, we call upon the Congress to pass H.R. 40, legislation that would create a commission to study the effects of slavery and discrimination from 1619 to the present and recommend appropriate remedies...
  • Third, we support Floyd’s family’s call to create a national task force that would draft bipartisan legislation aimed at ending racial violence and increasing police accountability...
  • [F]inally, we call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people.

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