SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) – Democrats in Illinois focused on economic and racial justice for the third day of the virtual Democratic National Convention.
The delegation says the murders of black men and women this year and the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on communities of color have rolled back the curtain of injustice in the nation.
“Racial and economic injustice is America’s number one pre-existing condition for which we as Democrats must demonstrate our willingness to provide cover at this time,” said Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.
The Chicago native said President Donald Trump has no interest in addressing these injustices. Delegates believe the Republican is “the last thing the country needs” after the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
“Among Donald Trump’s worst actions are his deliberate efforts to fan the flames of hatred and racial and ethnic divide for his own political ends,” said Illinois Democratic Party Chairman Mike Madigan.
Yet Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton says the goal of racial justice is unattainable without economic justice.
“Job opportunities, affordable housing, public education and access to quality health care are all issues that too often depend on a person’s race or socio-economic status,” he said. added Stratton.
Treasurer Michael Frerichs believes the Democratic Party is using this convention to uplift people in times of need.
“Robert F. Kennedy once said, ‘Some men see it as it is and ask why. I dream of things that never existed and ask me why,” Frerichs recalls. “Personally, I have a lot of dreams, but we won’t make them come true if we don’t work to make them come true.”
Raoul also shared the words of 1970s disco-punk band Heatwave: “There are no half steps. You have to do it right.”