June 1, 2020
On Feburary 26, 2012, a 17 year old African American boy named Trayvon Martin was shot dead by a man when walking home one night with snacks from a store in Florida. The man who killed him was not immediately arrested.
In April of 2015, a 25 year old African American man named Freddie Gray was killed in his arrest after suffering brutal injuries inflicted upon him by Baltimore police. He later died from these injuries.
In February 2020, a 25 year old African American man named Ahmaud Aubrey was shot and killed by two white men in broad daylight while going for a jog in a neighborhood. The two men were not arrested until May 2020, two months after Ahmaud’s death.
In March of 2020, a 26 year old African American women named Breonna Taylor was shot and murdered in her own home in Kentucky by police after falsely accusing her home to be one possessing illicit drugs.
In May of 2020, a 46 year old African American man named George Floyd was murdered by police in broad daylight after being suffocated in Minnesota.
These do not even begin to scratch the surface of all the black lives that have been lost to racism and hate crime since the beginning of time.
America is in turmoil. People of all colors are rising up to stand against the Federal government’s harsh response to these cries for criminal justice reform.
Fake protesters and undercover cops are out on the streets, ruining small businesses and stealing from stores in order to detract from the main message of the protests. Buildings are up in flames, police continue to tear gas, strike down, and arrest innocent protesters, and the National Guard has been sent.
The Black Lives Matter movement does not simply mean ONLY black lives matter. Nor does it attempt to deflect from the truth that people of all skin colors and races die from hate crimes every day. However, the injustice and oppression that black people face is in itself unique and runs back further and deeper than any other minority group. To deny recognition of that is ignorance.
Laws are in place to prevent discrimination in hopes that along the way, it can prevent racism. However, they do not prevent racism. The same brutal public murders and police brutality are as present here in today’s society as they were 50 years ago. The same quotes about black oppression can still be applied here today.
Which makes me wonder, has anything really changed?
It is a scary place in the world. If you ever catch yourself wondering what you can do to help, here are some places (website one, website two, website three) with a bunch of donation links, petitions to sign, and information on how you can educate yourself and help educate others to contribute to a better society.
No one deserves to die simply because of the color of their skin. No one deserves to have to live in fear. Let’s help change that.
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