Ben Marcus statement on recent publicized episodes of racial discrimination
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jacalyn Crecelius
Phone: (904) 206-8483
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – May 27, 2020 – “We can keep posting on social media about people being murdered in the street but nothing will change without action AT LOCAL AND STATE BALLOT BOXES.
"Ultimately, justice will be served by rewriting public policy to reflect the reality on full display in Glynn County, Minneapolis and New York - black and brown people continue to be seen as inherently dangerous and are the targets of at-times violent bigotry and discrimination by significant chunks of our white-oriented society, unfortunately including some serving in our police departments.
"Denying the truth doesn't change it and these outbursts don't come out of the blue. Bigots don't wake up one day bigoted - it's a mindset developed over time, oftentimes since childhood, through socialization and observation of role models. We ALL have a responsibility to dig deep into ourselves for weak spots in our personalities and look for opportunities to improve. If you think these are isolated incidents, this one of those times to reflect.
"The kind of disunity we are seeing in this country is a national security issue. People don't trust each other (many for good reason) and some have a poor working understanding of what our Constitution does and does not protect. Government is not there to protect bigotry - quite the contrary - it's there to protect those made to feel unsafe by their neighbors.
"I won't act like this is something I can do alone or even with a small group in any reasonable amount of time. This has been a long term battle and will continue as long as people who either don't care about or don't understand what's happening continue to get elected. We need a critical mass of local officials and state legislators who have the courage to say what's necessary and support their neighbors under attack. When I get to Tallahassee I will be among those who do.
"Vote in your local and state races and convince your neighbors to do the same. It is the only road to embracing the diverse, open society we already have in this country.”
Ben Marcus is a small business owner and graduate of Jacksonville University. He lives in the Sunbeam neighborhood with his wife and three children where they attend Ahavath Chesed (The Temple). Ben believes in the power of community to solve its issues and that legislators should work collaboratively with, not act to subvert, local elected bodies. He doesn’t take money from businesses or PACs, nor does he have a political committee. Ben’s campaign for State House District 16 is focused on proving another way to run for and serve in public office is possible, where ethics and collaboration outweigh ideological purity and insular decision making.
Please visit VoteBenMarcus.com for more information about the campaign.