Statement from Mayor Ronald L. Filippelli
To the State College Community.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African American man was killed by a Minneapolis police officer. His death was unnecessary, cruel, and criminal. It is one more act of violence against African Americans that serves as another chilling reminder about the inequities and injustices that continues to exist in our country. This tragic event reminds us that life in America is very different for African-Americans and other underrepresented and disenfranchised groups.
It is unacceptable to look past and ignore the hate and systematic racism that continues to exist in our country. Persons of color continue to endure discrimination and other mistreatment by police and others in this country that all should find outrageous and which should be condemned by all. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
I will not be silent on this issue and hope there is a groundswell of citizens of all races, especially white persons, who not only speak out against racism but take action to make our community one that is accepting, tolerant, inclusive, and just for all persons regardless of race, religion, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or mental or physical disability.
I commend and support those who are peacefully speaking up and protesting the killing of George Floyd and other all to similar incidents. As they protest these incidents and share their stories, we must be supportive, listen, and learn what more we can do individually and corporately to help address the systemic inequities that have existed for many, many years and no doubt, continue to be present. This is not just a Minneapolis, MN or Louisville, KY or Brunswick, GA issue but an issue for State College and every other community across this country. Now more than ever we must speak out and take appropriate action against these inequities and injustices. After all this is about humaneness, decency, respect, and love.
I, for one, will not be silent bystander nor fail to act. What are you going to do?
Ron Filippelli, Mayor
State College Borough