Matt Clark Sally is gay man from Madison, and he’s fully aware of the power that protests can have. But while he is hopeful that justice will come for Black Americans, he believes that the inflammatory language of our president is only going to make things more difficult.
“Protesting against police brutality is a must. I’m grateful to see so many people in our own state of Wisconsin using their voices to demand justice for George, Breona, Elijah, Philando and countless other Black people who have been wrongfully murdered by police. We are obligated to do our part in this, no matter how far removed we may feel. All of us, Wisconsinites included, can and must do better. And we know that protests work — it was a protest started by Black trans women of color that led to such a greater degree of equality for the LGBTQ+ community. As a gay man, I’m grateful for that. And I want to see protests continue until justice is served and all people are treated equally and fairly.
The words of this president and others in the administration are derogatory, inflammatory, and inhumane. Our president should be a person who unites our country, and who seeks liberty and justice for all, not just for a select few. His language and actions incite hatred and create division, and the administration must be held accountable. The current president took an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. His words and actions do not uphold this oath, and instead go against the very rights outlined in the Constitution. We must demand the president carry out the duties of the office he holds.”