Today, a White police officer was held accountable for killing a Black man, George Floyd. This unanimous jury decision is a small step to progress. There is much more to do on our path to justice. The racist systems that led to George Floyd’s murder, including in our streets and transportation systems, remain, as we saw most recently with Daunte Wright’s death and countless others.
Every day, the people in transportation agencies at every level of government use their power, and make decisions that mean the difference between sustained progress, or a continuation of violent oppression. Accountability for murder is not enough. Everyone in our field has power, through our actions, to affirm that #BlackLivesMatter. We have the responsibility to create a future where freedom of mobility rings true for all.
About the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)
NACTO is an association of 89 major North American cities and transit agencies formed to exchange transportation ideas, insights, and practices and cooperatively approach national transportation issues. The organization’s mission is to build cities as places for people, with safe, sustainable, accessible, and equitable transportation choices that support a strong economy and vibrant quality of life. To learn more, visit nacto.org or follow us on Twitter at @NACTO.
Related: NACTO stands in solidarity and commitment with the #BlackLivesMatter movement.