U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Park Slope) made the following comments on the murder of George Floyd. “As COVID-19 and police brutality protests continue to rage across the country and in my hometown, beloved Brooklyn, I am reminded of an ever-present fact: COVID-19 is the second deadly disease to pose a direct threat to the health and well being of our communities. White supremacy has always been the undisputed first. The things I have seen and the stories I have heard in our communities, including from elected officials that I work closely with, have been disturbing, to say the least. This civil unrest highlights what happens when people are dehumanized and when their issues and concerns are relegated to the discretionary as opposed to the mandatory.

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