Fayette County’s legislative delegation to the Georgia House of Representatives on June 4 issued a unanimous position affirming that the recent events involving the deaths of Minneapolis resident George Floyd and Glynn County resident Ahmaud Arbery are senseless and should be condemned.
“Life is precious and no Georgian should fear for their life or the life of their children simply due to the color of their skin. We stand with our local officials, law enforcement and faith community in support of Fayette citizens’ right to assemble and express their First Amendment rights,” the delegation said.
“My time in the Army helped me to understand that despite our varied backgrounds we are more effective when we adhere to the scriptural principle of treating others as you want to be treated. I am grateful for our community’s willingness to engage on the issue of race in a peaceful manner and strive to be a force for positive change.” — Rep Josh Bonner (R- District 72)
“Our society is far from perfection, but when we all have the opportunity to contribute to this American experience with our diverse thoughts and voice— we are making a difference, today, for a better future for everyone. This requires for leaders to listen and exercise courage to do the right thing.” — Rep Derrick Jackson (D- District 64)
“As we journey through life it is incumbent upon us to purposefully look at the content of one’s heart instead of the color of one’s skin.” — Rep Debra Bazemore (D- District 63)
“’Love thy neighbor as thy self’… trust begins when we care about life and others. That is when we heal and move forward in success and justice.” — Rep Karen Mathiak (R- District 73)
“Our diversity is our strength. We must work together to find justice and equality for all while upholding the values of peace and the rule of law.” — Rep Philip Singleton (R- District 71)