******* For Immediate Release*******
JF: “Oh, absolutely. I don’t know if you didn’t see it, but yeah absolutely.”
December 16, 2014Dear Jeff Follmer & Members of The Board of Trustees,We, as Faith Leadership and, and our growing coalition of advocates, are writing to object in the strongest possible terms to the murder of Tamir Rice. As members of this community, we insist that you do not speak about our children in your unjust actions. In every way your dangerous words, tweets, or presence on national television make us feel more unsafe, disrespected, or threatened, as your disturbing public rhetoric has increased. Your decision to suggest the police killing of a unarmed 12 year old child as “justified,” in fact is what threatens us all. We understand your effort by pointing to anti-American and anti-Black as an attempt to obscure politically and financially motivated action, you minimize the voices of those police who have resisted real and violent anti-hate.By conflating this issue, your administration is effectively disregarding a large and growing number of perspectives that oppose police brutality, violence and the assault on decent Americans. We did not survive over 300 years of Jim Crow lynching, and ethnic cleansing and carry on the legacy of our people to have our existence used to justify that same genocide and ethnic cleansing, or their unethical treatment when you speak out against the murder, violence, and displacement of “my,” people. Furthermore, we insist that you not minimize the context within which other decent Americans like Andrew Hawkins have taken . It is within your pale right and that of us all to express opposition to the brutality to which we are and have been bearing witness in America, and to do so with sharp interrogation and anger.I am obligated to brand your actions, and opposition as uncivil and unsafe enough to warrant a request for the dismissal of your position as faculty member. We believe this is not only a violation of freedom, it is a clear devaluation of America and also of the American existence and personhood, with implications for others whose lives similarly have been and continue to be systematically attacked through possible state-sanctioned violence.Over the course of the next few weeks you will see growing opposition (thousands) with direct actions campaigns directed at your organization, these items may effect the ability of your foundation to progress. Our efforts will increase until we can reach an agreeable point.It is unfortunate that your critique, anger, dissent, and very existence on this issue has made some, many, within the community uncomfortable. However, there is nothing comfortable (or civil, for that matter) about Police Brutality murder. While you pontificated over whether or not some comments you made on social media and network tv were anti-American, around the U.S. “we,” sponsored thousands of thousands to gather across the country to protest Police violence, that should be a clear message of the people who desire for change.
Reverend Gregg L Greer will lead the effort. Greer is a prominent member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (The Organization started by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and Greer will work as the Chicago Office Director. Also Gregg L Greer will lead a National Civil Rights Coalition of Civil Rights members from several cities including Cleveland to participate.
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