YDSC stands with #BlackLivesMatter
Updated: Jun 19
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota in what has been ruled a homicide by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that cut off the blood flow to his brain. A police officer pressing his knee against Floyd's neck caused his death. In the days that followed, Americans took to the streets to protest police brutality and raised concerns about the frequency and severity in which black Americans, specifically unarmed black men, are killed by police throughout our county. In South Carolina, we saw protests from Greenville, Columbia, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Summerville, Sumter, and several other communities.
The Young Democrats of South Carolina stand in solidarity with those protesters fighting and peacefully demonstrating in our state and all over the United States. These peaceful protests are an opportunity for people of color to stand against the injustices that they face on a near-daily basis concerning police violence and police overreach. It is the position of YDSC that black lives matter and that those who are leaders in South Carolina's government should take immediate action to address and rectify these issues that directly impact our black residents. We also strongly condemn the use of excessive force and weaponry on those who seek to invoke their First Amendment right to assemble and challenge the government.
We call upon the municipal elected officials, South Carolina House Democratic Caucus, and the South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus, to create and advocate for fair and inclusive legislation concerning legal protection for protesters, community policing, and the myriad of racial inequalities within our state.
Furthermore, we call upon South Carolina Democratic Party and its Chairman, Trav Robertson to immediately create a task force on Race and Police Brutality and to ensure that the party addresses these issues during this week's 2020 South Carolina Democratic State Convention. The duty of this party, whose electorate is 66% black, is to be at the forefront of these issues and impress the importance and urgency of these matters upon its members, candidates, elected officials, and stakeholders.
We encourage young people who want to seek change and progress in South Carolina to join us. We will continue to work with activists, community leaders, and organizations to make sure that Young Democrats are doing all they can to advocate, organize, and be servants to the community. We are not afraid to say that ‘Black Lives Matter’ and that we must seek justice for those that need it.
We offer our support to protesters and supporters all over our country and also to the family of George Floyd and the Greater Minneapolis community. YDSC will release information through social media regarding various events and initiatives regarding our involvement in this fight. We invite you to join us on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 8:00 PM EST for our first forum of our new series: Born to Lose. Built to Win.: Being Black in the South.
Jeni Atchley, MPA/MSCJ, YDSC President, Dorchester County
Jeremy Jones, YDSC 1st Vice President, Lexington County
Austin Jackson, YDSC Secretary, Richland County
Ebony Clemmons, YDSC Treasurer, Charleston County
Ra Shad Frazier Gaines, YDSC National Committeeman, Aiken County
Jessica Bright, YDSC National Committeewoman, Dorchester County
Micah Jenkins, YDSC Communications Director, Anderson County
Gerrick Sands, YDSC Data Director, Dorchester County
Kevin Eckert, YDSC Outreach Director, Sumter County
Camden Johnson, YDSC Progressive Caucus Chair, Greenville County
Dr. Jermaine Johnson, YDSC Minority Caucus Chair, Richland County
Michael McCord, YDSC LGBTQ+ Caucus Chair, Greenville County
Marcurius Byrd, JD,, YDSC Environmental Caucus Chair, Richland County
McKenzie Waston, YDSC Women’s Caucus Chair, Richland County
Eric Manning, Ashley Cooper Young Democrats Chair, Charleston County
Erica Edmondson, Young Democrats of Greenville County Chair, Greenville County
Heather Sanders, Laurens County Young Democrats Chair, Laurens County
Quanisea Moses, Young Democrats of Florence County Chair, Florence County
Hirak Pati, Esq., Young Democrats of Spartanburg Chair, Spartanburg County
Candace Caldwell, Orangeburg Calhoun Young Democrats Chair, Orangeburg County
Breanna Spaulding, Young Democrats of the Central Midlands Chair, Richland County
Jitwan Floyd, Young Democrats of Greenwood Chair, Greenwood County
Moses Terrell Pyatt, Young Democrats of Sumter County Chair, Sumter County