I have been holding back on writing a piece about this just because I didn’t know where to even begin. It may seem repetitive to some, but there will never be enough advocacy towards this subject. Staying silent is just as bad as siding with the oppressor. It’s a long post- so please bear with me as I express myself the only way I know how to. Things have to change and they have to start changing now.
I am outraged. I am furious. I am upset. I am a white-hispanic 24-year old female who grew up in Miami, Fl. My city is a melting pot of a ton of different cultures and races. Black, brown, white, and everywhere in between, we call Miami our home. My family came here from Cuba to flee from a communist dictator. When they got here, they were forced to start from scratch- many of them working minimum wage jobs when they studied to be professionals in Cuba. They faced discrimination, prejudice, and inequality- but not as bad as the black community ever has.
Throughout the last few days, hundreds of riots have taken place throughout our country to protest the injustice served to George Floyd, an African American, among many, who was unrightfully murdered by a police officer in the US. Excuse my language, but how the fuck is this still happening? It is ridiculous and absurd that innocent black people are being murdered by our law enforcement for no reason. It’s 2020- how the fuck does blatant racism still exist?
I’ve gotten the impression that some people go into law enforcement to abuse their power. It baffles me that someone who is supposed to protect us can so easily murder an innocent human being. This isn’t an “anti-cop”, “f*ck the police” statement- because as we all know- the actions of one person don’t represent the actions of all. What does upset me is how many police officers stay silent over the matter and choose to look the other way. Your coworkers, colleagues, and counterparts are breaking the law every day and you’re choosing to ignore it. Open your eyes and use your power to make a positive change in the community. Defend the lives of those wrongfully murdered by people in uniform. Stand up for what is right.
With all that being said, I also have to say that I am so upset with the riots that have taken place. WTF, guys? I am ALL for protesting. I think a lot of important and necessary changes in our country (and the world) have come out of people going out and protesting for what’s right. What I don’t think is right is the violent riots, fires, and looting that has been taking place. What are you all thinking? How is lighting a car on fire going to prove anything? How is robbing from a business that has most likely struggled these past few months due to the global pandemic going to fix racism? News flash: it’s not. Violence is not fixed with more violence. Like our moms taught us when we were little: two wrongs don’t make a right.
I understand that you are upset, infuriated, and tired of a repetitive cycle.
I am too. No one likes waking up in the morning and reading that yet another person was killed due to police brutality. It has to stop. But violence, looting, and non-peaceful rioting is not going to solve the problem. There have to be other ways to raise awareness and ignite change. I felt so sad when I saw the city I grew up in being destroyed by people last night… police cars on fire, windows being smashed, and more innocent people being hurt for no reason. Protest with peace. Protest to make a difference. These violent and aggressive riots are not the answer. I understand you are mad- pissed the fuck off to be more real, but taking your anger out on your city and destroying it is counterproductive.
Video from @bosserosas Instagram Story on 5/30/2020. Permission granted to use video.
Use your anger to make an actual difference. Peacefully protest. Sign petitions. Join committees. Become an activist for this movement. Black lives matter- now and always. Become a leader in your community and inspire others around you who may struggle in expressing themselves to join you. There isn’t a quick fix to this massive problem and it’s going to take time and effort to fix. Do your part and contribute to making this a better world. Let us not forget that there is still a global pandemic going on that is killing hundreds of people a day. We don’t need more senseless tragedies going on. Use your anger and passion and do something positive with it.
Like Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out of darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out of hate, only love can do that.”
Rest In Peace George Floyd. Rest In Peace every single black person who has been unrightfully murdered. Go to justiceforbigfloyd.com and fill out the petition. Text “FLOYD” to 55156 to demand justice. Don’t ignore something because it makes you uncomfortable.
Featured image from @brandychieco