Conexion San Angelo Newsroom
As the country faces unprecedented times and new realities during the Coronavirus pandemic, and incidents of hate and domestic terrorism are perpetuated leading to routine brutalization of people of color, The San Angelo Unit 6219 of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP, recently organized a rally called “We are done dying,” in response to the nationwide incidents of African Americans being murdered by the police or receiving unjust treatment at the hands of the law enforcement officers.
During the rally, attendees remained silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the time, Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee sat on George Floyd’s neck.
It was said to everyone attending the rally, to reflect and reconsider what Floyd may have felt on May 25 when his life was ending and asking to speak to his mother, and claiming eleven times—I can’t breathe, until he was dead.
“The eight minutes and 46 seconds is an incredible amount of time,” said Brenda Gunter, Mayor of the City of San Angelo. “I know what racism feels like, and I know how distractive that could be.”
Mayor Gunter told the rally participants that she is available to answer any questions the community may have, not just about racial issues but all community issues.
After that, huge protests have been taking place in different cities in the United States. The four Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest and murder— Derek Chauvin, Thomas K. Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and are facing criminal charges.
The NAACP, the nation’s foremost, largest, and most widely recognized civil rights organization in the country.