If you’ve caught the slightest glimpse of the news over the past couple of weeks, you will know that a man by the name of George Floyd was brutally murdered at the hands of policeman Derek Chauvin, who used force while kneeling on George Floyd’s neck until the life visibly drained away from Floyd’s body. This attack was unprovoked and whether or not a person doesn’t co-operate with the police, is this any way to die?
Why should one’s life outcome differ because their skin happens to be a certain colour?
I have tried so hard to think about what I would say over the past while but I have genuinely been speechless. However, now is not the time to be silent. I have tweeted and posted Instagram stories but I feel like I could share more, let’s be honest, we could always DO more. I have wrote about world changing moments on my blog before (the COVID-19 situation, for example) and I thought to myself, would should this be any different? I couldn’t ignore these major issues before and I certainly can’t ignore this one.
This horrific act may have taken place in America but racism exists everywhere and that is why we must stand untied worldwide.
See, there have been arguments made throughout this time that “all lives” matter, and while, yes, every life is precious, chances are that unless you are part of the black community, your life is not under threat.
Throughout the years, countless of innocent people have been killed because of the colour of their skin and we can’t stand by and watch it happen a second longer.
At a time in March, when we were all focused on Coronavirus, Breonna Taylor was shot 8 times by the police and killed in her own home. She would have turned just 27 a few weeks ago.
During a protest in Florida, a peaceful protestor was shot in the head with a rubber bullet, and I believe she even faces permanent damage to one of her eyes as a result. She was a direct victim of the brutality she was trying to stand up against.
Last weekend, another man by the name of Rayshard Brooks was fatally shot after trying to flee from his arrest. Some people might say he shouldn’t have ran, but I get why he did, in his eyes, he was running for his life but in the end, he was killed anyway.
Racism is real, and it’s about time those that partake in such behaviour face the consequences for their actions.
How can we help in this? Well, first of all, we need to educate ourselves. We have to reassure those in the black community that these souls will not be forgotten and that we will learn to stand together. We need to be kinder human beings, and if we see racist behaviour we will call it out and/or report it because it’s time to protect those who need it.
We can also sign petitions, and make donations when possible. A little goes a long way, so whether you are signing and sharing petitions online or donating what ever you can, YOU are helping, you are making a difference.
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