Dr. Woody Myers gave this speech on the 4th of June, 2020, to the Indiana Democratic Party State Convention Preview. Following Lt. Gubernatorial candidate, Linda Lawson, Woody discussed his vision for Indiana, including how he would move forward as Governor concerning race relations and police brutality in Indiana.
Dr. Myers also spoke on his own personal history with racism in Indiana. As a third-generation Hoosier, and a Black man born in the 1960’s, he knows it well.
“I grew up in Indianapolis in the 1960s. As a boy, the color of my skin was a license for some to treat me with disrespect, instigate fights, falsely accuse me of theft, and to humiliate me in front of others. And I was lucky, by age 21 only once did I have a handgun pointed at me out of racial hatred and I was never shot.
These incidents had a major impact, and they inspired me to achieve.”
Dr. Myers then went on to discuss the pandemic situation and following economic crisis in Indiana, saying, “COVID-19 has exposed for all to see, our state’s weaknesses in public health and in our economy. I’ll rely on science to make good decisions related to COVID-19, to rectify health disparities, to clean up our environment, and to create opportunities for all, irrespective of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. In my administration, we will have fiscal responsibility, transparency, and efficiency in government. I will challenge Indiana to confront its past so we can work together towards a much better future.”
He calls on Hoosiers to help him make Indiana better than we’ve been.
“Let’s build the future we deserve… together.”