Fort Bend County community continues to have conversations on racial injustice

Although Houston native George Floyd was laid to rest nearly one month ago in southwest Houston near Missouri City, conversations surrounding racial injustice are still happening in Fort Bend County.

Floyd’s death, which occurred in police custody in Minneapolis in late May, sparked a national movement calling out police brutality and racial injustice.

“I think it’s healthy for us to have this continued dialogue so that we’re all on the same page with sniffing out racism,” Byron Stevenson, pastor of Fort Bend Church said during a virtual discussion hosted by Fort Bend County Judge KP George June 2.

George’s roundtable discussion on June 2 brought together local Black leaders to discuss ways to move forward.

Stevenson said he plans to continue preaching hope as well as encouraging peaceful protesting and voting.

“If what we see makes us angry, then the best way to protest is going to the polls and voting,” Stevenson said during the roundtable discussion.

Stevenson also said he is not anti-law enforcement but that he is anti-injustice and believes these conversations need to continue happening in Fort Bend County.

Pam Robinson, who grew up with Floyd in Houston’s Third Ward, attended his visitation in southwest Houston on June 8. Robinson said she is tired of having to tell her 16-year-old son things, like not to wear a hoodie outside and not to dig in his pockets for his phone if he is stopped by the police, out of fear that the same thing that happened to Floyd could happen to her family.

“One thing about Floyd, he was a good person,” Robinson said. “He took some wrong turns, but he never did [anything to anybody]. He never was a troublemaker. He made some bad decisions, but he was a good guy. He always spoke to the young generation and told them not to make the same mistakes he made. He was a motivating person.”

Robinson hopes the conversations happening now continue to happen.

“It’s making a change, so I hope it continues and we don’t just stop here or stop tomorrow,” Robinson said. “I hope this continues to go on and make a change around the whole world so everybody can live freely.”

State Rep. Ron Reynolds, D-Missouri City, who also attended George’s roundtable talk, said he wants to craft legislation to make sure there are enhanced penalties for law enforcement to serve as a deterrent so instances like Floyd’s death do not continue to happen.

“We know that the majority of law enforcement officers are good, and they’re going to serve and protect,” Reynolds said. “We know just like every profession there are some bad apples, and unfortunately, when those bad apples carry a gun and a badge, things can get very bad if things go wrong.”
By Claire Shoop
Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.
By Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.


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