I've been sitting with this since yesterday. Like many of you, I've cried, been angry, upset, sick, and most of all hurt. Hurt because people are so hurt. If this photo showed the reverse, a black man holding down a white man who continued to beg for his life, saying over and over he couldn't breathe, how would that scenario have gone? I have heard people defend the police officer, saying that George Floyd was on drugs, he resisted arrest, he was being difficult prior to this moment. I would imagine many arrests go down this way, and a police officer with 3 officers backing him up, would be able to handle that part of the job.
All of that is irrelevant, George Floyd was a human being. Someone's son, brother, friend, and who knows what other roles he played. No human being deserves to be treated this way, ever.
I won't post the video of George Floyd being murdered by a police officer, while 3 other officers stand there and gloat, threatening to mace the onlookers, as if they are all proud, because it literally makes me sick. Im sure you've seen it, and if you haven't, please watch it, so you know this is real.
I know many people choose to not share these stories to keep their feeds "clean" and free of controversy. Silence in these instances, or turning a blind eye is a form of complacency, and is one of the many layers of white privilege. If you don't recognize that white privilege exists, I invite you to begin to open discussions with people who do. I believe there is power in Using our platforms to raise awareness and open up useful dialogue in a variety of ways, not just to promote love and light.
Colin Kaepernick took a knee to raise awareness of racial injustice, for George Floyd and the numerous black men and women who are STILL treated inferior because of the color of their skin.
So many people missed the point. So many people saying that wasn't the time or place to talk about it. So I ask you, when is the right time? How many more lives have to be taken for us to acknowledge we have a serious problem here. Racism is a form of ignorance. When there is ignorance, there is an opportunity to learn. To learn, one must be willing to listen,