New York, N.Y. – Reflecting on the Treyvon Martin case and the aftermath of recent decisions not to indict the police officers involved in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases, Theta Delta Sigma Society, Inc., an organization founded by diverse men and women for all people, recognizes that it is not uncommon for minorities, people of color in particular, to be unfairly treated in the United States judicial system.
Our nation has a history of cases, many of which have not reached the caliber of national attention like the aforementioned. Minorities, not limited to Black males, have lost their lives in the hands of those trained to protect and serve:
- Israel Hernandez Llach, an 18 year old Colombian immigrant, was repeatedly tased by police until he succumbed to sudden cardiac arrest.
- Cau Bich Tran, a 25 year old Vietnamese-American, was killed in her home by police who mistook a vegetable peeler for a deadly weapon.
- Nizah Morris, a 47 year old transgender woman, sustained a fatal head wound while in police custody.
These incidents highlight a culture of police violence. However, above all, we as a society are faced with a human rights issue. The outcomes of these cases have left many feeling betrayed and powerless. At this moment, anger, disappointment, and distrust are abounding in our communities. Despite these feelings, this is not a time for more violence. We cannot allow our desire for justice to be overshadowed by behaviors that fuel division and hatred.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and therefore, through its membership and chapters, Theta Delta Sigma Society, Inc. declares its continued push for equality and reaffirms its commitment to advocating for the minority and the youth. All chapters are charged with taking steps to empower their local community through proactive initiatives and incorporating human rights and social justice education in their upcoming ThetaWeekTM program (April 12-18). Furthermore, Theta Delta Sigma will continue to support, through social action, those who mourn lives lost in these tragic incidents and the law enforcement officers victimized by the negative stereotypes. Individual members, who wish to protest for change beyond those actions taken by the organization, are expected do so in a peaceful manner and are reminded that only the National President can speak on behalf of the Society.
Theta Delta Sigma urges its campus, community, and interfraternal partners to stand in solidarity with us in our effort to promote respect, rebuild communities, foster citizenship, and break the cycle of violence. Individuals and organizations that have an interest in collaborating with Theta Delta Sigma are asked to contact their local chapter or utilize the contact form on the national website, thetas.org.
Founded in 2001, Theta Delta Sigma Society, Inc. is a national organization built upon the values of leadership, diversity, unity, and respect. Since inception, Theta Delta Sigma has been a partner in the fraternal movement, an advocate for equality, and a recognized contributor to raising multicultural awareness. For more information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.