It has been a while since I last posted but it just hasn’t felt right to post anything I originally planned for this month because the world has been torn to shreds by global and national disasters. Now United States citizens are protesting in every state and I can’t bring myself to think of anything other than the current state of our planet. All of a sudden, my college experience doesn’t matter, my silly moon paintings don’t matter. What matters is this movement against corruption, I am not going to sit by and ignore what is happening right now around the nation.
I feel I must preface this with the simple fact that I am a white female and therefor anything I have to say in support of the Black Lives Matter movement is not a representation of the movement itself. I am beyond privileged to be in the position I am where I do not have to second guess whether I should call the cops because I fear for my life. I have no earthly idea what it is like and I will never know, but I do know that our justice system is not just, and I know that change needs to happen.
With that said, this has been one of the most eventful, disastrous, and chaotic years of my life. In January we thought WW III was upon us, then Australia was up in flames and kangaroos were burning. Kobe Bryant passed away in February and Hong Kong has been continuing protests from the end of 2019. Then a viral virus completely surprised the world and sent everyone into quarantine and just as restrictions were beginning to be lifted in the United States a man named George Floyd was murdered by police.
Protests are spreading across the country and as I write this all 5o U.S. states are having peaceful protests. Alongside those protests are some looting and rioting, by opportunists taking advantage of the chaos created in a protest. Buildings are being set on fire, innocent people are being sprayed with tear gas and shot with rubber bullets. The things I have witnessed in the last week are things straight out of a war.
While the world feels at war, I have been hesitant to say anything at all because I in no way want to take away from the Black Lives Movement and I most certainly don’t want to be insensitive. I know I don’t have all the facts, so I don’t ever want to spread misinformation and I honestly don’t think my voice matters much here, this is a time for black people to speak their mind and I want to give that space. As hesitant as I am I also cannot stay silent at a time when the world is being transformed, things won’t ever be the same (or at least they shouldn’t be).
I am witnessing history in the making, the events happening in 2020 will go down in history books and that in and of itself is something to be in awe of. Not only has this year hit everyone with unexpected challenges but now injustice is being broadcast across the country and people are sick of watching it. The corruption has bled through the front lines and now the citizens can see it and they are not standing for it.
I cannot speak for the Black Lives Matter movement, but I can speak in support of it. If I had to watch a recording of someone who resembles my dad get murdered by police officers more than once a year I would be rioting too. The government is in for a long-overdue reassessment, it may start with finding true equality for black lives, but it will not stop there. The number of unconstitutional acts that are being carried out by government officials is sickening and appalling. It isn’t just that laws are being broken though, it is that people are unquestionably angry about it now.
Maybe it has to do with the fact that most people have been stuck inside their homes for two months so their stir crazy, or maybe two months to themselves has given some people the ability to notice what is happening right under their noses. Either way, you can feel the tension in the air, you can see the tension on social media where everything is either fake “normal posting” or protest footage from across the country.
There is an acronym that has been passing around inside the black lives matter movement that is supposed to stand for “All Cops Are Bastards” or ACAB. This really resonated with me but only when it was explained to me. You see maybe not all cops are racist or murderers but all cops work for a broken justice system, all cops uphold a corrupt government law. There is a prime example of this during the protests when cops are spraying peaceful protestors with tear gas. Tear gas which in the 1925 Geneva Protocol, was designated as a chemical warfare agent and was banned shortly after World War I. That is an outrage that our government is using chemical warfare against the citizens of the United States of America. Are you kidding me?
Amidst all this pre-revolutionary speech I can’t help but think about childhood, when adults gave us books like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Ender’s Game to read. Since childhood, we have been watching our favorite characters be forced to sacrifice everything they have for the greater good of defeating corruption. We watched Katniss’s little sister Primrose die on the lines of the battle with President Snow, and we were there with Harry Potter as he sent himself into death knowing he may never see his friends again.
Now we are adults coming into a broken system and the biggest lessons we learned growing up were to never stand down to corruption. Since we were children we’ve been preparing for this moment, we watched over and over again corruption fall at the hands of unity and that’s exactly what we’re doing now.
Every Race is working together, every religion is joining forces, the Christians are praying for the witches and the Amish are protesting alongside the movement. Gangs are protesting together and even some police officers are walking with protestors. This is everyone against the government, everyone is angry about the injustice in our country. I don’t want to say it is not about race because this government is based on systemic racism against people of color, but I believe this is even bigger than that. The president is trying to revoke lgbtq+ rights, our government is threatening martial law on the citizens of the united states for exercising their right to protest. This is about the United States citizens versus the corrupt government.
Either way, injustice is happening, especially against black people and that must stop. There is a clear difference in how black Americans are treated and how white Americans are treated and that must stop. Black lives matter and black lives are beautiful, I will repeat these saying until justice is found and our broken system is fixed because black is beautiful.
There is so much more to be said on this topic and there is so much more that will come from these protests. How do you feel about the current state of the United States? What injustices have you personally seen? I want to hear your thoughts, so please comment below!
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