Mourning Daunte Wright and Calling for Change
We at Advocates for Youth are once again filled with anger and horror at the death of a young black man at the hands of police. Daunte Wright was just 20 years old, his life cut short and his young son robbed of a father by criminal violence from police officers. Pulled over on the flimsiest of pretenses, Daunte became the latest to die because of the deeply institutionalized racism and white supremacy within the police system. This violence has to stop. Our police system can’t go on as it is. We need to listen to protestors rather than responding with escalation and further violence. We need to defund, divest, and invest in programs that can actually help our communities, instead of continuing to give money and guns to those forcing young people of color to live in fear.