Attorney General William Barr: Admit Existence of Systemic Racism in Policing

Target: William Barr, United States Attorney General

Goal: Withdraw and apologize for denial of institutional racism in United States’ law enforcement agencies.

Attorney General William Barr denied the reality of systemic police racism in the United States during an appearance before the House Judiciary Committee. When asked about efforts to end racism in law enforcement institutions, Barr responded that he doesn’t “think that the law enforcement system is systemically racist.”

This flies in the face of studies carried out by non-governmental groups, dozens of universities and think tanks, and even the Justice Department itself. This reality has even been admitted to by top police officials, including the Chief of Police of Minneapolis, in whose city the murder of George Floyd occurred, sparking the ongoing national protests against police brutality and racism.

It is obscene that the nation’s top public legal official should deny something so well-based in fact and extensive research and in grotesque contradiction of the lived realities of millions of African Americans and other minority groups. Sign the petition below to demand that Attorney General Barr withdraw his hurtful comments and instead work to dismantle injustice throughout the United States.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Attorney General,

As the most senior legal official of the United States, you have a duty to protect all American communities and their residents, regardless of race or creed. Your denial of the verifiable reality of racism in police agencies is a failure of that duty and a needless insult to millions of wronged citizens.

I demand that you withdraw statements like this and apologize for the pain they have caused to so many people so long unheard.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Shane T. McCoy/U.S. Marshals




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