Hello all. I hope you are all doing great.
Looking at the title of this blog post, you can tell what it is going to be about. I was not initially going to write one on this topic because who wants to hear my opinion? I felt the same way as James Corden, a television host, did. However, as he said, staying silent is the problem. I am late, but I was contemplating if I should write this or let it be, and what I should actually say if I do write it. I have no script or plan for this, but here goes.
As I am sure you are all aware, The United States of America is experiencing protests as a result of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police; a police officer named Derek Chauvin, to be specific. This occurred on 25 May 2020. This is not an isolated incident. This killing is one of the most recent killings of Black people by police. So many Black Americans have been killed by police. Instead of me listing them out, I will post a screenshot of the names of Black Americans killed by police that BabyNames.com posted on their website:
I honestly do not know what to say. As a Black man, I feel like I should have more to say, but I do not. I am a Black African, so I do not know first-hand the injustices Black Americans face every day. I can only imagine, and it scares me every time I do so. Every time my friends, family and I hear that a Black American was killed by police, we just sigh deeply and ask ourselves, “How much longer can this go on for?” I, as a Black African, have faced my own share of discrimination, but never to the point where I felt as if I was going to die every time I came across the police. Imagine that: the police are there to Protect and Serve the community, but how can Black Americans feel safe enough to contact the police in their time of need when the police are the very people killing them?
The leadership in America is appalling and abysmal. Donald Trump is a topic for another day. Every time a killing like this occurs, people protest but nothing ever changes because another Black person is killed later. We are amid a pandemic, but that has been put aside. People are risking their health and safety because they feel more threatened by the police than by an actual pandemic. Imagine that! George Floyd’s murder has sparked something that has been a long time coming. People across the globe are protesting for the Black Lives Matter cause: people in Syria; England; Australia, Hungary, Spain, Switzerland; Germany; and so many more. It is beautiful to see so many people across our world coming together. It is a shame that it takes something like this to bring us together. It is heartwarming to see White people, especially White Americans, protesting as well. It really gives me hope for humanity and that one day we can achieve true equality.
I do not want to make this post long, but I truly feel like I have said a whole bunch of nothing. I have limited resources, but I am going to do what I can to help this movement. I will leave some links below if you want to help, or educate yourself.
Black Lives Matter:
Anti-racism resources for white people:
Allure article on different ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement:
Some fellow bloggers have written fantastic blog posts on this issue. Here are their links:
Chloe/Midnight Wanderer – Black Lives Matter:
Christina/Sea of Words – Black Lives Matter:
Priya/You Should Hear – SONGS YOU DON’T KNOW BUT SHOULD // A #BLM EDIT PT. 20:
Let us stand together in the face of this horrible injustice. Together, we can achieve true equality.