Washington, DC – Today, the Executive Director & CEO of the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), Sharon J. Lettman-Hicks, released the following statement:
“As we grieve and pray for the families of Alton Sterling of Baton Rouge, LA, Philando Castile of Falcon Heights, MN, and the five police officers lost to senseless gun violence in Dallas, TX this past week, NBJC acknowledges the pain and suffering many Americans, but specifically Black Americans, are feeling during this time. Our hearts are broken because once again we have to face the reality that being Black in America—more often than most—equates to being accused of suspicion and ill-intent. At the same time, the movement to bring about liberation for Black people continues to be propagated as anti-American and anti-police, when in reality it simply demands we be treated with the dignity and respect accorded to all human beings—one of the most fundamental American values there is.
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