Today, state Senator Teresa Fedor (D-Toldeo) released the following statement honoring Black History Month:
"February is Black History Month, a time to remember the sacrifices and progress civil rights activists have and continue to make towards combatting systemic racism. In the words of Ella Baker, 'In order to see where we are going, we not only must remember where we have been, but we must understand where we have been.'
"While we recently celebrated Vice President Kamala Harris’s historic win as the first Black, South Asian-American woman to serve in this role, America has a long way to go towards reaching racial equity and economic equity. In the last year, we have mourned the loss of countless Black Americans who were killed by police violence, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, as well as Andre Hill and Casey Goodson, Jr., here in Ohio. Black Americans also still face various types of inequities and discrimination in educational attainment, healthcare access, housing and employment. These injustices must stop.
"The celebration of Black history, Black lives and Black success should not be limited to a single month. Let us honor the contributions and achievements of Black Ohioans and Americans and continue the fight against systemic racism and racial inequities in every aspect of our society."