Our Leaders Are Making Their Choices on Racial Tensions

August 30, 2020

FEAR has two meanings:

Forget Everything And Run or

Face Everything And Rise

The choice is yours.

The NAACP San Diego Branch extends its deep concern and heartfelt prayers for Jacob Blake and his family. After being shot under questionable circumstances in front of his three young sons, he lies paralyzed in his Kenosha, Wisconsin hospital bed.  The country, still raw and reeling from Mr George Floyd, Ms Breonna Taylor, Ahmand Arbery and an endless list of black lives taken by Police in the weeks, months, years and decades before, has erupted once again in protest.

Here in San Diego, peaceful protests have resulted in injuries to both residents and police officers.  Unfortunately, during the most recent demonstrations, at least one police officer chose to increase the racial tension by wearing a non-department-issued “Blue Lives Matter” face mask while on duty during the protest.

We can all agree that the protest activities surrounding the numerous killings of unarmed Black men and women nationwide is unprecedented. People from all walks of life are crying out for change. Yet the leadership for our region has largely been silent.

Visit the websites of your elected officials to see if they’ve said anything about the issue of police brutality in their official capacities over the past few weeks. We did, and here’s what we found:

  • Mayor Kevin Faulconer – is talking about the Sports Arena
  • Council President Georgette Gómez – is talking about housing (certainly a vital topic)
  • Council President Pro Tem Barbara Bry – is silent, on legislative recess
  • Council Member Monica Montgomery – is silent, on legislative recess
  • Council Member Mark Kersey – is silent, on legislative recess
  • Council Member Jennifer Campbell – is silent, on legislative recess
  • Council Member Chris Ward – is silent, on legislative recess
  • Council Member Chris Cate – is talking about closed libraries and comedy clubs
  • Council Member Vivian Moreno – is silent, on legislative recess
  • Supervisor Fletcher – is talking about his budget amendments and Women’s Equality day.
  • Assembly Member Dr Shirley Weber – is silent
  • Assembly Member Todd Gloria – is silent
  • Senator Ben Hueso – is silent
  • Senate President Pro Tem Toni Atkins – is talking about housing (certainly a vital topic)

We have elected the aforementioned individuals to represent us.  Now is the time for them to lead. Now is the time to talk about definitive plans to change “business as usual.” NOW is the time for them to demonstrate to us that you are courageous and caring.  Demonstrate to us now that you are not forgetting us and as such, neglecting your duty to represent all of us.  FACE this situation and RISE; do not run and hope that tensions will calm themselves.

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch