Do the Work, Gov

RECEIVED Mon., June 15, 2020

Dear Editor,
    Governor Abbott recently stated that, “George Floyd has not died in vain."
    As a constituent of Texas, I hope this means the governor will also recognize the deaths of the 117 people killed by TX officers last year and work to ensure that the number of lives lost for this reason is as close to zero as is humanly possible.
    Gov. Abbott can do this by defunding and demilitarizing the police force in Texas and funding more social workers, educators, community liaisons, housing programs, universal health care, and some form of universal income. We need equity now. We need to ensure everyone has an adequate path to middle class wealth in Texas.
    We absolutely need to ensure that the government of Texas is anti-racist. Racism and bias against other protected classes including the LGTBQIA community should be punishable in way that forces the actor to become anti-racist themselves and accept the truth that racism is inherently wrong in every form.
Naiman Rigby
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