The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly voted unanimously to support a resolution in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Introduced by Christopher Quist, who is running for State House District 1, the measure acknowledges that black lives, indigenous lives, and lives of marginalized and oppressed people matter. It all says that all lives matter, but no lives can truly matter until black lives matter. The resolution calls out the murder of Floyd George, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis.
The resolution goes on to say that systemic racism is endemic in government, policing, and the economy, and it has caused incalculable human suffering. And there are the requisite words about solidarity with the concept of Black Lives Matter, rather than the organization, which is associated with lawlessness and rioting and is a funding mechanism for the Democratic Party through the ActBlue funding program.
“…the Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly stands in solidarity with those fighting for equality, and justice in the Black Lives Matter movement which is neither an endorsement for or against the Black Lives Matter political organization,” the resolution reads.
The Assembly “stands in solidarity with those calling for reform of policing, and those calling for increased social support for the most vulnerable members of our society.”