LIFESTYLE | 06.03.20
Why Do We Protest?
Sadness, exhaustion, and anger are just some of the words that come to mind when thinking about the state of the country we are living in and have been for years. To see the way black people have been treated by not only the police force, but by people in their local communities is shameful. 
How do we move forward and make a positive change? We can start off by holding people accountable especially when it comes to the brutality of the police. People love to counter the black lives matter movement  with highlighting black on black crime. However, there is a difference when the very people that are appointed to protect and serve dishonor their badge and do the complete opposite! 
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Black female officer confronting fellow cop who pushed a woman on the ground Monday, June 1, 2020

First they came...

Why do we protest? Because we are tired! We are not only marching for George Floyd but for all the countless others. There is a deep rooted sickness in America called racism and it will no longer be tolerated! A poetic version of a speech entitled "First they came" at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum couldn't be more relevant today.

 

                                                                       

           They came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.

-Martin Niemoller (1946)

Well Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, Marcus Garner, George Floyd, and Ahmaud Aybery are not here and we are going to speak up for them and you should too. America claims to be home of the brave and land of the free. But what kind of person are you if you sit and say nothing while you watch your neighbor get killed or harassed because of the color of their skin. There is only one race, which is the human race and it should be a problem with every citizen living in this country. So stand up, speak up, inform, and not let the looting and violence overshadow our purpose which is justice. 

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Black Lives Matter protest in Williamsburg, Sunday, March 31, 2020 (WYDaily/Courtesy of Joseph Miller)
For ways to help with the movement, visit the links below.
National Bail Fund Network
By donating, you can help protestors in support of the movement get released.
Campaign Zero
Campaign Zero aims to end police brutality by providing the public and government officials with urgent, research-based policy solutions.
The Innocence Project
The Innocence Project, founded in 1992 by Peter Neufeld and Barry Scheck at Cardozo School of Law, exonerates the wrongly convicted through DNA testing and reforms the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.