The brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of four officers of the Minnesota Police Department on May 25, 2020, has sparked global outrage and protests against systemic racism, even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Floyd was accused of spending a counterfeit $20 bill but while trying to arrest him, Officer Derek Chauvin placed his knee on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Many have described Officer Chauvin’s action as a deliberate blood chokehold given that George Floyd was already lying on his stomach with his hands cuffed at the back, and restrained by three other officers.
Floyd’s brutal murder was captured and shared on social media, and in a matter of hours, several protests and movements began to seek for his justice.
Like Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Philando Castile have had to die only because of the color of their skin. Hundreds of black people in America, Europe, and other parts of the world are faced with the problem of systemic racism that has been allowed to thrive for too long. Floyd’s death sparked outrage not only for justice over his murder, but for an end to police brutality, and systemic racism that has consistently limited the progress of black people.
Black Lives Matter is a significant message at this difficult period to demand an equal playing chance at the table. The labels, and prejudice against black people and minorities around the world speaks volume of the evil we have allowed to perpetuate our beautiful world.
We have ended slavery decades ago, but it is extremely sad to still see the rights of blacks and minorities being trampled upon. It is sick when you think about the scale of evil, and George Floyd must be the last of such brutal deaths.
Black Lives must not only matter now in the wake of George Floyd’s death, but in our relationship as a people going forward. The violence exhibited by law enforcement around the world against black people has to stop.
The same blood Officer Chauvin stopped from flowing in George Floyd’s neck flows in his body and the body of every one of us.
Black Lives must matter, but not at the detriment of every other lives. Black Lives must matter just like white lives. No one should be regarded as less than others when we are all humans.
Black Lives Matter should be the move that transform our worlds and positively refine our history as inhabitants of this planet. Let your voice be heard as we all make demands for a world where everyone has equal opportunities to life.
We must come together to blot out systemic racism across all strata of our society. When every man knows that their live matters, and that the world will not judge or paint them as bad just because of the color of their skin, that is when our world will truly make sense to all of us.
Enough is Enough! We have to change the course of things, and it starts with you.