Manuel Díaz’s Mother Says Calling for Peace Was a Mistake

Genevieve Huizar, mother of Anaheim police killing victim Manuel Díaz, told a group of supporters earlier this month she regrets calling for peace soon after her son was shot execution-style by officer Nick Bennallack on July 21, 2012.

Almost 3 years later, Ms. Huizar’s message is clear: “Never forget. Never stop fighting.” She’s right. The fact is peaceful protest rarely brings change. At least not when the victims are Mexican and other people of color. As we’ve seen in several US cities and others throughout the world this past year, it is when we take to the streets and begin expressing our rage that we are heard.

In the words of Emiliano Zapata, “If there is no justice for the people, may there be no peace for the government.” Let us remember these words next time police disregard our humanity.

“In Anaheim, if you look it up, there was 10 days of uprising. At that time I called for peace. I regret it. I regret calling for peace because maybe if there would have been more of an uprising there wouldn’t have to be Baltimore, there wouldn’t have to be New York, there wouldn’t have to be Atlanta, Georgia, there wouldn’t have to be Long Beach. Too many murders; too many families suffering. Never forget. Never stop fighting.” - Genevieve Huizar

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