Governor Newsom Gives Message of Solidarity With Protesters

KCBS Radio Afternoon News
June 01, 2020 - 8:13 pm

    California Governor Gavin Newsom sent a message to demonstrators protesting in the streets of California against the murder of George Floyd: that he feels their pain. 

    Newsom delivered Monday’s address from Genesis Church in South Sacramento, and was introduced by Pastor Tecoy Porter. He used the occasion to address the racial injustices that led to this moment. 

    “The Black community is not responsible for what’s happening in this country right now, we are,” he said, adding that people have lost patience because they have not seen progress.

    Newsom directly addressed the people who have been marching in the streets the last several nights.

    “For those of you out there protesting, I want you to know you matter, and I want you to know I care. We care,” he said.

    Newsom added that it’s time to start listening to our communities.

    “Society becomes how we behave.we are our behaviors,” he said.

    Newsom called out racism embedded in our society, but also condemned the actions of rioters for vandalizing and looting.

    “When you try to cause pain on others, when you’re out there to exploit conditions, not advance the cause of justice, that is not serving the greater good and we need to also call that out,” he said.

    Newsom side stepped the opportunity to speak badly of other political view points when asked about President Donald Trump’s leadership.

    Units of the U.S. National Guard remain deployed at the ready.