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Two years after George Floyd’s murder, unrest and trauma remain

Statement from Cheryl Carter, Co-Executive Director of Democracy North Carolina

Morrisville, N.C. (5/25/2022) – Today marks two years since George Floyd was murdered by Derek Chauvin in a stunning act of police brutality. On this tragic anniversary, shaking at the loss of even more precious babies in yet another elementary school shooting – and on the heels of a racially motivated shooting while Black New Yorkers were out shopping for groceries – we find ourselves feeling a full gambit of emotions, from grief to trauma to numbness.

Our nation was forever changed by that day in Minneapolis, but we still have so many lessons to learn and violent systems to dismantle. There are still difficult but necessary decisions that must be made, for justice cannot endure without true, meaningful change.

Our very mission lies in the promise of a better future and nation for our children, whether they are grown or just starting to make their way in the world. We hope our leaders and people do what they must to live up to that promise before any more lives are lost. That glimmer of hope is what keeps us moving forward, even on days filled with dark memories.


Democracy North Carolina is a nonpartisan organization that uses research, organizing, and advocacy to strengthen democratic structures, build power among disenfranchised communities, and inspire confidence in a transformed political process that works for all.