LA County Democratic Party Chair and California Democratic Party Vice Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement regarding the recent events in Ferguson, New York, and other parts of the country:
“Achieving ‘a more perfect Union’ is an ongoing process that shapes the story of America. Every day, we strive to instill the fundamental values of equality, justice, and opportunity for all upon which our nation was founded to every corner of our society. But every day, the realities of racial discrimination, racial tension, and racial violence still haunt us.
“Time and again, institutional racism has brought forth dark chapters in the American experience: from the Trail of Tears to the Japanese American internment, from the Jim Crow laws to the Chinese Exclusion Act, and from ‘Separate but Equal’ to tearing immigrant families apart.
“Even as each generation makes great strides in the advancement of civil rights, the most diverse nation on Earth is still not colorblind. There is still no justice for all. There is still no equality for all. There is still no opportunity for all.
“Even today, one-third of men of color are in some stage of the criminal justice system and people of color have a greater chance of dropping out of high school than graduating from college. Institutional racism is still an anchor that burdens far too many Americans and holds us all back.
“In the past year, the tragedies of Trayvon Martin, of Michael Brown, of Eric Garner, and of so many other young Americans whose promising lives were cut short are a sobering reminder that we still have miles to go. These tragedies are inexcusable, unwarranted, and preventable. These tragedies have no place in America – not today, not ever.
“As we continue to build upon the historic foundation of progress in our resilient democracy, we rededicate ourselves to working with our elected leaders, family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and all Americans as one people to build a more perfect Union. Let us continue this fight until we achieve equality and justice for all.”