Earlier this week our friends at NNAAC put out a statement on the Michael Brown shooting and ongoing situation in Ferguson, MO.
We couldn’t have said it better:
“The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) condemns the use of military-style tactics by Ferguson, Missouri police against local residents who have expressed public outcry over the homicide of Michael Brown. He was shot six times by a police officer last week over an alleged minor offense, despite being unarmed.
“We call on the city of Ferguson to refrain from denying people the right to assemble and protest. These rights have been afforded to all Americans by the constitution of the United States of America.
“We, the National Network for Arab American Communities, stand in solidarity with our fellow Americans in Ferguson. We will continue to work with our allies until no person feels unsafe to walk in their own community, regardless of their race, national origin, religion, or sexual orientation.
“Brown deserved due process of the law and not to be condemned to death in the street. We continue to be appalled by the trend of character assassinations against black males murdered at the hands of police and vigilantes.
“The Arab American community understands the effects of negative stereotypes. We see this unfortunate tragedy as a call to action for our nation to demand accountability and justice for Mike Brown and the community of Ferguson; address the root issues of structural racism and the over-policing of people of color; and work towards solutions that uplift and improve communities.”