by Anton Andrew, Dem candidate, PA House 160
It has been two months since the killing of George Floyd and peaceful, well-attended demonstrations in Media, Kennett Square and Chadds Ford expressing public outrage at the unfair treatment of people of color in our country.
And now a new name has been added to our national wall of shame: Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back by police in Kenosha, Wis.
Since the Chadds Ford rally, I have encouraged citizens in the 160th state representative district to ask their municipal governing bodies to adopt a resolution committing them to rooting out racial injustice within their borders. They and I have spoken at public meetings in Concord, Pocopson, Kennett Township and Kennett Square. Several governing bodies will vote on the resolution in September.
Why is it essential that we do this? The answer goes all the way back to 1776.
Our Founding Fathers declared the self-evident truth that “all men are created equal,” and our Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag ends with the words “with liberty and justice for all.” Americans all across the political spectrum embrace these principles.
But it is clear that we, as a nation, have not yet achieved those goals, especially as they apply to people of color. Injustice and racism permeate our country, our state, and our townships…including right here in Delaware and Chester Counties.
Realizing the promise of America requires that we all step forward, especially our leaders. That is why I drafted a resolution asking our local elected officials to acknowledge that every one of our municipalities has work to do to identify and root out racism within its borders, and then commit their township or borough to that task.
I encourage all those reading this letter to get involved, to write or call your elected representatives, and to take part in a moral movement to propel our country forward on the path to finally realizing our founding principle: Liberty and justice for all.