PORTLAND, Ore.—Today, U.S. Attorney Scott Erik Asphaug of the District of Oregon issued the following statement on National Black History Month, 2022.
“This February, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon joins its law enforcement partners in celebrating National Black History Month. Together, we honor the countless contributions of Black Americans and the legacies and achievements of our country’s Black leaders, past and present. We recommit ourselves to confronting historic injustices that persist today. Created more than 150 years ago, the Justice Department’s first mission was to protect Black rights after the Civil War. This sacred mission continues. Black communities across the country are disproportionately victimized and impacted by gun violence. The same is true here in Portland. We are working vigorously with our partners to stop these deadly shootings. Protecting Black rights starts with protecting Black lives. We are deeply committed to advancing equity, racial justice, and opportunity for Black Americans and doing everything in our power to support and foster safe, healthy, vibrant, and resilient Black communities.”
Comment from NewsLincolnCounty.com:
The way the author finished his statement – to say that our fellow Black Americans will be supported to foster safe, healthy, vibrant and resilient BLACK COMMUNITIES, harkens back to an assumption that most, if not all Black Americans live in such restricted communities. Living in restricted communities – restricted by habit is about as Jim Crow as you can get. We need to outgrow these suggestive statements, whether they’re innocent or not, WE CAN’T MOVE FORWARD more effectively until the day we call every human being our brothers and sisters who just happen to live on the same tiny blue planet in an endless space, searching for the meaning of life. All of us, seeking, truly together.