Rep. Williams calls for an end to systemic racism in Rhode Island


PROVIDENCE, R.I.– Speaking from the State House steps Thursday morning, State Rep. Anastasia Williams took Rhode Island’s government to task for a lack of diversity, and called for change to the state’s justice system.

Citing that there has never been a minority judge on Rhode Island’s Supreme Court, Williams said this has left judges unprepared to pass judgement on those before them.

“They use their own upbringing and their way of life to judge others,” Williams said. “That has to stop.”

Williams also called for changes to police departments across the state, including body cameras and greater accountability to the communities they serve.

“If you expect me to be responsible, and represent you well,” Williams said, “I’m expecting law enforcement to not only serve, but to protect. Not to beat me down like a runaway slave on somebody’s plantation.”

The entire press conference from the Providence Democrat can be viewed below.



RI State Rep. Anastasia Williams and other lawmakers speak out on the Rhode Island State House steps about areas of "systematic racism in Rhode Island government."

Posted by ABC6 News on Thursday, June 4, 2020

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