So much truth here. So much wisdom. Reading this powerful post brought tears to my eyes. I feel so sad that racism even exists, let alone that the police, who are supposed to protect us, are capable of committing a crime of such magnitude. I am grateful to my friend for posting this…for sharing her feelings and thoughts on such an important issue.
As most people know by now, on May 25th, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, was killed by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, despite him begging for help, and saying “I can’t breathe.” It was one more brutal death in a seemingly never-ending series of deaths inflicted on African-American men and women by police brutality enforcing systemic racism and white supremacy in the United States.
Because of the courageous video taken by 17-year-old Darnella Frazier, people all over the world actually witnessed the horror of this murder. Thousands of people, in every state, and all around the world have taken to the streets to protest, day after day, night after night, to demand a change. The four officers involved at the scene have been fired from the force and charged with his murder, or the aiding…
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So beautifully written. This past Saturday there was a protest in the city where I live. Unfortunately it was also a dialysis day for hubby and I could not participate. I won’t go int it here but suffice to say on dialysis days I have to be with him. I felt very much the same: helpless and somewhat useless. What can I do? I asked myself again and again. So I share the message on social media. I shared the voices of others who know all too well the injustices visited upon too many people of color. I reflect on my white privilege. I think the death of George Floyd has been the spark that finally lit a huge flame in North America and around the world. His death will not be in vain so long as we take to heart his last message: “I can’t breathe.” Let us make sure that all people everywhere have room to grow in safety and can breathe deeply and easily and without fear of brutality. It has to begin where we are. Speaking up. Standing up. No matter what color our skin is.
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I agree with everything you say here. I am just so aware that every single thing we do or say can affect others. Even our thoughts can affect our fellow human beings. After all, much of what we do comes from our thinking. Together we can make a difference. I wish for the world that we all come from a place of caring and love, and as much as we are able, to act from that place of compassion. Brutality should never, ever be part of the equation. Every single one of us should be able to live in peace and in safety.
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