Long Islanders reflect on race 1 year after George Floyd's death

Some of the Long Islanders who were part of News 12's series 'Unrest in America: Reflections of Race' are revisiting the topic Tuesday on the anniversary of George Floyd's death.

News 12 Staff

May 26, 2021, 2:44 AM

Updated 1,063 days ago

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Some of the Long Islanders who were part of News 12's series 'Unrest in America: Reflections of Race' are revisiting the topic Tuesday on the anniversary of George Floyd's death.
Alonzo Younger, of Uniondale, says, "Things seem to have actually gotten a little, a little worse. It appears that way."
Younger and Nia Adams are two of the Long Islanders News 12 spoke to last year. The two are calling for sweeping police reform and an end to racial inequality. Both say the issue is not a new one, but people are still trying to make a change.
Younger, a retired businessman, says the protests helped shine a bigger spotlight on many issues. The father of three and husband says the topics of race, unequal treatment and the lack of investment in mostly minority communities were not just shouted about on the streets of towns and villages across the Island, but people started to have serious conversations about how to correct the imbalances.
Adams, a community organizer with the Long Island Progressive Coalition, says some progress has been made.
"The largest accomplishments have been the ways in which community comes out in solidarity, the ways people are willing to have these conversations and take actions and know that because the struggle for freedom is constant, that this is not a one and done thing," says Adams.
The most sweeping change they'd like to see is an end to the reported deaths of unarmed Black people at the hands of the police they encounter.


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