Fr. Oesterle's Letter to Post-Gazette Re: Silence as Complicity in the Murder of George Floyd

June 2, 2020


As George Floyd was being choked to death for eight minutes, three Minneapolis police men stood silently, watching their colleague commit murder.

Silence means compliance. Their silence equaled violence.

Lest we also remain silent, I offer three suggestions:

--Imagine what George Floyd was experiencing during those eight agonizing minutes with a knee lodged against his throat.

--If you are white, reflect on the privileges you may have taken for granted during your lifetime.

--Consider breaking silence by using your voice to support the use of body cameras, as well as evidence-based police de-escalation training in your municipality.

Let us each do more than stand silently, becoming complicit.

Fr. John Oesterle


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