Ben & Jerry’s published the following:
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. What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is the fruit borne of toxic seeds planted on the shores of our country in Jamestown in 1619, when the first enslaved men and women arrived on this continent. Floyd is the latest in a long list of names that stretches back to that time and that shore. Some of those names we know — Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Emmett Till, Martin Luther King, Jr. — most we don’t.
Furthermore, the company outlines 4 action steps, roughly summarized as: accountability for political leaders; the passing of H.R40 in Congress; the formation of a national task force to spearhead justice reform policy; and the reinvigoration of the Dept. of Justice’s civil right division to fight for black and brown Americans.
You can read the full statement on their website.
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