I'm furious. Truly deeply angry.
Monday was my birthday. Do you know what else Monday was? Monday was when YET AGAIN a black man was KILLED by a POLICE OFFICER. I'll be totally and completely honest, I don't know many of the details of what led to George Floyd being killed. But honestly, it doesn't matter. What matters is that there is absolutely NO reason for him to have been KILLED by a person who TOOK AN OATH to PROTECT AND SERVE that man. Someone, please tell me how these officers involved were protecting Floyd.
The area that I live in has had a curfew in place last night and tonight from the violent protesting. And there are people wondering why there are protests still going on if the officer that killed Floyd has been arrested and charged. So let me remind you that there were other officers there. There were other officers who also took an oath to protect and serve. Rather than protect Floyd, not a single one stopped the officer that knelt on Floyd's neck. From my understanding, at least one was even holding Floyd down. Why are these men not charged? And why is this even happening?
Have you ever sat and wondered how it was that you wound up born the place where you were born to those parents with that family? Then you understand that these things aren't things we choose. And then you should be well aware that the color of your skin isn't your choice either. Have you ever treated someone differently for where they were born? What hair color they were born with? Do you have any assumptions about someone with blue eyes? What a silly question, right? Treating a black person differently due to the color of their skin and having assumptions about the type of person they are based on the color of their skin should be just as ludicrous.
And yet, here we are in 2020 watching unarmed black people killed by those that are meant to protect and serve. Yes, our issue expands further than the police. However, we as a nation look up to these individuals. And so many of the leaders in this nation are setting a horrible example. Racism is a learned behavior. And so until we can see justice served for these situations and we see positive change, we will go on reliving this horrible nightmare for years to come.
So what can you do to help? Look for the peaceful protests in your area if that's something you're interested in. For me, that sort of thing isn't within my comfort zone. The idea sets off my anxiety. So instead, I've donated money to help. I'm also being vocal because sitting back silently doesn't do anyone a bit of good. Maybe you don't have the money to donate or feel comfortable being quite so vocal. There are still plenty of things you can do to help. You can support local business run by black community members. You can read books written by black authors. You can watch movies and shows created or featuring black people. You can enjoy artwork created by black artists. There are so many ways to show your support and love for the black people in our community.
To all of my black friends, coworkers, and community members: I love you all.