Reflecting on Recent Events – George Floyd

I’ve been trying to put my thoughts and feelings about the recent tragedy into words for days. I’m still struggling, but I’m going to try. After watching the video of George Floyd being killed while laying on the ground, in handcuffs broke my heart. It’s been difficult to write, think, or talk about anything else.

I have seen a lot of people on social media speaking out against the riots that are happening right now. A lot of those same people said nothing after watching George Floyd being killed on video, while laying on his stomach, in handcuffs, saying that he could not breathe. You do not have to agree with the riots, but if that is the only thing you’ve spoken out against this week, then it is time for some self-evaluation.

We have been marching, kneeling, signing petitions and peacefully protesting for decades. We should not have to keep pleading for the right to live. This cannot keep happening. We should not still be protesting the murders of black men and women in 2020. We should not still have to protest in order for arrests to be made. What you’re seeing right now are people who are angry, hurt, tired and fed-up. What are we supposed to do?!

It’s time for everyone to start having real conversations about racism in America. It’s time for people to start educating themselves about racial injustice. Ignorance is not an excuse. The tragic events of this week can either move us forward or set us back. What happens next is up to all of us.

I know this post was all over the place. I would love to hear your thoughts and feelings on the events of this week, racism in America, and what you feel needs to happen now.

This conversation needs to continue.

A few posts you should read:

A riot is the language of the unheard

How White People Can Be Better Allies to the Black Community

Speaking out against discrimination

If you’re looking for ways to help

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