Black leaders in Columbus, Ohio are calling on their community to not murder one another on Saturday in honor of the holiday of Juneteenth.
Columbus community leaders are calling for a ceasefire in honor of the upcoming Juneteenth holiday.
At a press conference outside a barbershop Sunday, city leaders pleaded with people to make a change and encourage one another to end the violence.
As of Sunday, the city has 89 homicides for 2021.
That means there’s been a murder around every other day.
“We have exceeded the homicide rate of where we were last year, and that is unacceptable,” said Charity Martin-King, president-elect of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
This is why leaders are calling for a 24-hour ceasefire on Saturday, June 19, the Juneteenth holiday which celebrates the emancipation of slaves in America.
[…] “We’re telling everybody in honor of Juneteenth, let’s tone it down for 24 hours and see what we can do, and if we can get that done, we can do more,” [Making a Difference CEO Al Edmondson] said.
At least 91 people have been killed as of late Friday.
In the wake of the Floyd riots, the homicide rate in Columbus surged 67 percent in 2020 to a record 170 dead and in 2021 the homicide rate in on track to double that of 2020.
A new holiday has already had its glory tarnished by the same things it’s fighting against racism.