Ben & Jerry’s Releases Powerful Statement Following George Floyd’s Death



Known for his position on social justice, Ben & Jerry’s sent a powerful message following the death of George Floyd.

“All of us at Ben & Jerry’s are indignant at the murder of another Black man by Minneapolis police last week and the continuing violent reaction of the police against the protesters,” said a statement on the website of the society. “We have to say his name: George Floyd. “

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The company’s statement, “Silence is NOT an option,” sparked strong reaction on Twitter for its unrestrained message.

See some of the reactions in the gallery above.

Ben & Jerry said, “What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the foreseeable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that had treated black bodies as the enemy from the start.

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In addition to the statement, the ice cream company presented four steps it would like to see, as shared on the website:

  • Call on President Trump, elected officials and political parties to engage our nation in a formal process of healing and reconciliation.
  • Call on Congress to pass H.R.40, a law that would establish a commission to study the effects of slavery and discrimination from 1619 to the present day and recommend appropriate remedies.
  • Support the Floyd family’s request to create a national task force to draft bipartisan legislation to end racial violence and increase police accountability.
  • Ask the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its civil rights division as a staunch defender of the rights of blacks and Browns.

To read the full statement, as well as the detailed steps defined by the company, visit the website here.

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