The elected officials of the City of Manassas and our citizens are sickened and saddened by the death of Mr. George Floyd. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who mourn the loss of this man whose life was taken too soon. His death should have never occurred nor the deaths of too many others. We should never tolerate racism in any form. It is not in the culture of this community to tolerate such injustice to any human.
We know that this has been an extremely emotional time for the entire country and that we have suffered as a community along with other communities across the United States. The Manassas City Council shares your grief for a country in turmoil. Our hope is for this strife to turn into conversations and change that will be the catalyst for a future without racial tensions or inequity.
Over the last few days there have been organized demonstrations and peaceful protests in and around our City. We have heard you voice your anguish and pain. We support your right to peacefully express your concerns. We will work to create a world that reflects the values of diversity, inclusion and equity for all. We have talked with, met with and walked with protesters exercising their 1st Amendment rights.
In the words of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.”
We are here to listen. We are here to help. We are here.
Mayor and CouncilCity of Manassas