Demonstrators kneel in a moment of silence outside the Long Beach Police Department on Sunday, May 31, 2020, in Long Beach during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Protests were held in U.S. cities over the death of Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

Statement from the Executive Publisher on Death and Protest of George Floyd

The brutal murder of George Floyd sickens me just as it has many in our community and throughout this country. Unfortunately, what occurred on the streets of Minneapolis is the fear that every Black man and woman in America has had to live with for decades. It’s the fear as parents we have to live with each and every time our children walk out the door.

The protest we have seen across this country in the past several days is the overflowing results of a community that has suffered for far too long. But we must be smart, we should not and cannot put our community and our people at risk. We have all been locked up as a result of COVID-19 and we cannot now risk destroying our city or our health by engaging in activities which put our community or our lives in jeopardy. I believe in protest, I believe in Black people having the right to express our outrage but I don’t believe in destroying property, in destroying businesses, in destroying our community. Real civil disobedience, real civil rights leaders want no part of rioting of looting just destroying things for the sake of destruction.

Let’s be smart, let’s be safe and let’s keep the faith and please VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!

Danny J. Bakewell, Sr.
Executive Publisher & Chairman
Los Angeles Sentinel
L.A. Watts Times
Bakewell Media