Perspectives: How we got here—and what comes next

It’s hard to find words for the horror that is the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, just as it is hard to comprehend how the anger over that death—and too many others­—led to so much destruction in downtown Indianapolis. But IBJ asked several community leaders to give it a shot. Here’s what they wrote.

Black community needs partners in its quest for change

“It is too hard being black in this city, and black people are tired.”

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After a weekend in crisis, city has huge challenges to confront

“The most significant theft that has occurred is not that of liquor or merchandise; the looters, by their actions, are stealing the credibility of the good people peacefully protesting a lengthy history of opportunity denied to people of color and those without means.”

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We need proactive leadership, rather than reactive decisions

“Decisions are impossible to make when leadership fails to listen to the community.”

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Riots must shake us out of the status quo

“We can and will address the concerns of citizens and business owners grappling with the damage to public and private spaces caused by last weekend’s violence. But we cannot do so without simultaneously wrestling, and besting, the historically tolerated race disparities that lie at the heart of that violence.”

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