Imagine being stopped in the street for doing nothing wrong and fearing that you may likely never walk away again.
Imagine being pinned to the ground and suffocated for something you can not control.
Imagine that the people who are supposed to protect you are the ones you can’t always trust.
Well, you don’t need to squeeze your eyes shut and try to picture this for long because all you have to do is keep them open to witness America’s reality and all of the racially-charged brutality that is being magnified during the coronavirus.
On May 28th at 9:25 PM, 46-year-old George Floyd was pronounced dead at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis after supplying an (allegedly) counterfeit $20 dollar bill for his groceries. He was hunted down and officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for five minutes until his body went limp. Bystanders report that Floyd was hysterical and pleaded with the officers to release him, insisting that he couldn’t breathe.
Floyd’s death has been added to the ever-growing list of African-American lives ripped away by the police which has stoked the fire for protests and riots that have burned down stores across Minneapolis.
In times like this, where acts of racism and fear are heightened by the pandemic, it’s difficult to know what to do or how to respond. Here are some resources that will truly help push forward the movement to find justice for George Floyd that will help more than just an Instagram post. When you feel helpless, the best thing you can do is channel your anger into educating yourself about the racial injustices this country has faced, is facing, and will continue to face. Racism has not increased with coronavirus, it is only being filmed. But what about those that don’t get recorded? Where is their justice?
I am white and I must recognize that that is a privilege in itself. We, white people, have the luxury to ignore this issue but know that you are white, not blind. You can’t use your inability to relate to their experiences as an excuse because we are all human and can see that this is inhumane.
Do your part: stay educated and take action.