Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday vowed tough conversations and action aimed at combating systemic racism in Kansas institutions in response to what she called the “tragic murder” of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Protesters have marched for the last several days in cities in Kansas and nationwide after Floyd's death last week. The Democratic governor said she’s asked her team to give the issue their full attention and to come up with a plan to “take action in earnest.” She said her heart goes out to those reliving the trauma of violence and systemic racism.
“For too long we’ve supressed or ignored those who are suffering and have asked for our help,” said Gov. Kelly. “Institutional racism exists throughout our socieity, our economy and our laws, from our criminal justice system to our educational institutuions to our public health infrastructure.”