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Time to talk about race and inequality in US: Indian-American Congressman

Washington, DC: Noting that George Floyd’s death in custody has brought forth the systemic racism and inequities that members of the African-American community face every day, an influential US Indian-American Congressman has said that there is a need to have open, honest and sometimes uncomfortable conversations about race and inequality in the country.

Expressing solidarity with those protesting peacefully against the custodial killing of Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, Congressman Ami Bera on Tuesday said that he will continue to listen, learn, and advocate for policies that address police violence and racial inequities.

“We must continue to have open, honest – and sometimes uncomfortable – conversations about race and inequality in America, and the steps we must take to get to lasting change. Together, we can begin to heal the wounds of racial injustice,” he said in a statement.

“I stand in solidarity with all those who are peacefully protesting and demanding change. Please know that your voice is important, and you are heard,” Bera said.

Another Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna on Tuesday opposed US President Donald Trump’s threat to deploy the military against the protestors.

“Militarizing American police is not the answer to the anguish our country is enduring over police brutality. Sit down and talk with the peaceful protestors. Don’t send in the military,” he said.

“Enough. Black lives are not expendable. Police officers should be held accountable for their deadly force,” he said in a tweet. (PTI)

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