Why we continue to fight for black lives

Rachel Barnes, Staff writer

Police brutality and injustice is a topic that continues to be brought up in not only the media, but in the communities of POC (people of color), as well. This year in particular, history repeated itself once again after a black man was killed while in the hands of a white police officer. 

On May 25, 2020, a man by the name of George Floyd was killed after being handcuffed and pinned down to the ground by an officer’s knee. The officer’s knee proceeded to be on the back of Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and forty-six seconds, as he continued to plead, stating “I can’t breathe, please one of you listen to me.” He later went on to say, “mama I love you; tell my kids I love them, I’m dead.” 

A few seconds later, Floyd had gone lifeless and was later pronounced dead. 

Once the story of George Floyd had hit the news, it immediately sparked a wave of outrage in the communities of black people. This was because, once again, we had lost another one of our black men, and it was not deserved. 

            A few days later, protests began in the streets of Minneapolis, the place where Floyd died. Day in and day out for months, the people of Minneapolis would march and speak out, and later other people around the world joined together to speak out as well. The people began to speak out against the unjust actions that continues to repeat itself. During the protests, buildings were burned down, (including the Minneapolis Police Department) cars were smashed, and looting took place as well which left stores in need of major repairs.

This all was a result of the anger of the black people. 

This was indeed a time where us POC came together as one to realize that there is no room for any more situations like this to happen again. We had sat back for years and had to continue to watch our black brothers and sisters get killed in the streets and not receive justice for it, and we are tired. (And have been for hundreds and hundreds of years) .

There is a saying that “we are sick and tired of being sick and tired,” and it is a saying that continues to be used when it comes to the black community. For years at a time, going all the way back from Selma’s “Bloody Sunday,” and the Birmingham campaign, the slaying of POC has always been normalized in a way that no matter how hard we fight, us POC just can’t seem to get through to people and get them to understand that we don’t protest and act violent just to be spiteful or anything, but just because we want the same justice and equality as everyone else. 

As of now, we still have not gotten any justice for the killing of George Floyd, along with many of other black people who were killed by police over the years. 

From Emmett Till, to Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Laquan McDonald, Walter Wallace Jr., and many others, we continue to say and remember their name every day, and continue to protest and speak out against all unrightful killings not only for them, but for the justice of people in black communities and black children who are scared of not being able to grow up.