I Support Systemic Change That Will Prevent This From Ever Happening Again

5/31/2020 (Originally From Michael Murtaugh Facebook Post)

As a native of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul (my hometown), I have struggled to find the words that can fully capture my thoughts on what has happened in the last week; capture what needs to happen. This week has been most heartbreaking… seeing both the murderous act and the destruction that has occurred since.

I will offer a simple message tonight: “I can’t breathe” is an unacceptable phrase spoken by anyone, unarmed, at the hands of law enforcement. This is not acceptable in Minneapolis, not in Minnesota, not in America. This is not acceptable, ever.

I support systemic change that will prevent this from ever happening again. All of this. We must untangle the systemic reinforcement of these racist acts that happen over and over again.

We must grieve. We must understand. We must listen. We must be uncomfortable (it’s okay). We must advocate for effective change. This means anti-racism. It is not enough to not be racist. We must work to undermine racism and destroy it at its core.

I will continue to try my best to do so. I ask all who read this to do the same.

A note that I have family members deployed with the MN National Guard in the Twin Cities tonight aiding in the protection of neighborhoods we hold dear. I pray for them, the community and for peace.

– Mike