Statement of the Town Council On the murder of George Floyd:
Like most of the nation, the Coventry Town Council is appalled and sickened by the brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police on Memorial Day. We are equally appalled by, and unequivocally reject and condemn, the systemic and structural racism, and racism of any kind, in our country. Mr. Floyd’s death was yet another example in a centuries-long history of pain and repeated acts of violence inflicted in the name of prejudice, bigotry and hate.
We support the recent peaceful protesters who are speaking out against George Floyd‘s death and the senseless acts of overt and covert racism.
Sadly, we have also observed recent examples of prejudice and racism in our own community such as racist graffiti, harmful and hurtful social media posts and other micro aggressions. There is still much work to be done, and uncomfortable conversations to be had if we want to counteract bigotry and prevent this sort of racism from ever happening in Coventry. George Floyd’s death is a call for us to take action. In addition to supporting the peaceful protests, we commit to working with impacted partners toward taking action and to become a better and more inclusive community.
Adopted June 15, 2020