Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Racial Injustice

We live in a world where trained cops can panic and act on impulse but untrained civilians must remain calm with a gun in their face. George Floyd moved to Minnesota for a fresh start, a chance to better himself and to be a better father. If anybody had told him he would die at the knee of a police officer being shoved into his neck, he would've told them they're insane. On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the street. We are one society and nobody deserves to die because of their skin color. Racial injustice should be faced and our voices should be heard loud and clear.

For the past few years, black people have been targeted as criminals by police officers yet many of us are so innocent. People fail to understand that black lives matter, not just when someone is murdered, not just when its a trend, not just when it looks good for your social media page, not just when its a hashtag. Black lives matter every second of every day.The killing of George Floyd has uplifted everyone to protest to gain rights for black people. Some of the protests have been peaceful, while others have been destructive. This includes looting and breaking into stores and business to steal their items and setting places and buildings on fire until it burns down to ashes.

Meanwhile, some protesters have been sprayed with pepper spray, tear gas and rubber bullets because they are becoming too destructive. This horrible tear gas and rubber bullets have injured many protesters which are very innocent. We stand down, we get hurt, we stand up, we get hurt so we ask ourselves, what is it that we need to do in order to be equal? We do everything we can do. We donate, protest, vote, sign petitions. call and demand justice, text numbers to demand justice, educate yourself by reading books and watching films about racism/racial injustice. To be silent is to be complicit.

Black lives matter isn't to suggest that black lives should be or are more important than all other lives. Instead, its simply pointing out that black people's lives are severely undervalued within society. Black people want to be able to go in a white neighborhood and feel safe, they want to be able that when a cop is driving behind them, they don't have to clench and be tense. They want to be able JUST to be free and not have to worry about every step they take because at the end of the day, being born black is a crime to them and many of us don't understand why.

After this, ask yourself "Why do black lives matter?"
Because the color of one's skin should not impact the right to equality or justice.

I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.
New York, USA
Wasila Ibrahim
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Created on 2020-06-09 at 21:11 and last updated on 2020-06-09 at 21:12.