Senate Democrats Release Statement on Recent Events at the Virginia Military Institute
RICHMOND -- Today Senate Democrats released the following statement regarding the recent events at Virginia Military Institute:
“This year in Virginia we have been forced to have serious conversations about race, equity, and justice. The deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Arbery have prompted cries for change throughout our nation. Right here in our Commonwealth, there have been protests and activism occurring in response to the injustice. Senate Democrats have long been champions for justice and equity throughout the Commonwealth.
Now more than ever, we must take a complete account of the horrors within Virginia's troubled history to examine and find solutions for the racial problems that plague our society today. The stories of the racist incidents at the Virginia Military Institute are abhorrent. The treatment that Black and brown students have faced in the history of this institution reminds us that, although we have made progress, there is still more work to be done.
It is in the spirit of learning, growing, moving forward and hearts to be changed, that the Senate Democratic Caucus supports the calls for an independent investigation of these claims and incidents.”