BlackLivesMatter and I feel ashamed that in XXI century people are still questioning it.
I was thinking for a long time about writing this blog post. I wasn’t sure if I was in the right place to do so, but I have to be able to channel my emotions, share with you my perspective at this tragic moment, which in fact, is not a moment, it’s a prolonged crisis reaching decades, why?
Today is not enough.
This fight against police brutality started a long time ago. Before many of us were born – riots in Detroit in 1967, Newark, Harlem in 1965, this issue is ongoing and no one is addressing it. You might think – well it’s the United States, not the UK, but this means that you are willingly closing your eyes and taking part in racism and you are happy for police brutality to continue.
Someone said, Police is there to protect us, the accident happened and they are hard-working people who put their lives on the line to protect us. If you are against police, you are against the law – someone else adds. Not true. Police or any other profession should be free from racism and brutality.
My brother is a police officer, he’s no racist, he’s no brutal. I can see that so many people on social media is denying the existence of this problem, the history of trouble between police – civil servants and black communities goes back centuries, remembering history and putting it into this context make this easy to see why people have enough.
It’s impossible to take the context away and judge only on George Floyd example and his murder. This is a product of the centuries-long historical process.
Without acknowledging it, you can’t expect people to understand and look for the solution. #BlackLivesMatter
We need to stand against police brutality and Trump’s vision “Dominate protesters -put them in jail for 10 years.”
I am an immigrant, I was a subject to discrimination, I was called fucking Pole and I was asked by many Brits to: “Go back to your fucking country”, I was spat on, I was pushed around and denied access to many things. I am white, blond hair, ginger beard man I can stay quiet so nobody hears my accent. I cannot imagine how a person of colour might feel knowing what we know about the history of humankind.
I live in an amazing country, where people are kind, helpful, where racism is widely unacceptable but yet, we are reluctant to get involved with racial inequality. We fight with poverty, with social differences but somehow subject of race and skin colour is not spoke of? I have been here 15 years and I don’t know what is politically correct to say – colour people, black, Afro-American, or African?
But you know what? It does not create a problem for me, inequality is, xenophobia is, racism is. How many times people will choose to be silent instead say “No” to these horrible acts happening around the world every day? How many children will hear at school – go back to your country or will be pushed and hurt just because some people can’t live in an equal society.
Black, Foreign, English, Scottish, Asian, Gay, we all the same. #BlackLivesMatter
Racism exists, but we pretend that it did not, racism is a scary word which no one wants to say it out loud. Even without saying it, it still exists. So let’s speak about it. All lives matter, but only when we all admit that black lives matter. Period.
Make history great again? No, thank you.
Trump failed everyone, he started his presidency with dividing people and look where this leads to? We know from history what happened to nations used as scapegoats? He failed, as president miserably. He’s close-minded egomaniac whos ruining America.
“WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at governors during a White House videoconference, telling them that “most of you are weak” after states grappled with another night of anger and unrest following the killing of George Floyd last week.” This is shocking to me, we had a guy in 1939 who exterminated weak and different than himself.
Another close rhetoric from history and words of Donald Trump – “You have to dominate. If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time,” – This is opposite of leadership.
What can we do in this situation? Can we help, can we be involved? I am a white Polish immigrant living in UK, and I would like to see politicians in my country to address racial inequality, to denounce Trump’s rhetoric and stand in line with whole Europe against brutality, racism, inequality in here as in USA.
STORY TO REMEMBER
Mr Floyd was restrained by officers, while Mr Chauvin placed his left knee between his head and neck.”I can’t breathe,” Mr Floyd said repeatedly, pleading for his mother and begging “please, please, please”.For eight minutes and 46 seconds, Mr Chauvin kept his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck, the prosecutors’ report says.
About six minutes into that period, Mr Floyd became non-responsive. In videos of the incident, this was when Mr Floyd fell silent, as bystanders urged the officers to check his pulse.
One of the other officers, JA Kueng, did just that, checking Mr Floyd’s right wrist, but “couldn’t find one”. Yet, the officers did not move.
At 20:27, Mr Chauvin removed his knee from Mr Floyd’s neck. Motionless, Mr Floyd was rolled on to a gurney and taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in an ambulance.
He was pronounced dead around an hour later.Source: BBC/News