Times Haven't Changed: A Need for Justice

Unrightful violence committed against innocent civilians, specifically of the African American community, continues to occur in the US. This week’s most recent viral news coverage includes the unjustifiable murder of George Floyd.

“Times have changed,” they say.

But, as three hundred forty-four homicides occurred in Baltimore in 2015, three hundred forty-four innocent people were murdered. That was the year Freddie Gray succumbed to his broken neck and nearly severed spinal cord. As three hundred forty-four homicides occurred, they pleaded, “If there ain’t no justice, then there ain’t no peace.” And as three hundred forty-four homicides occurred, the protests arose. Police were escaping trial for murder.

This was 2015. Only 5 years back, we heard the cries for justice from the innocent. Yet, here we are, in 2020 and in a nearly identical circumstance after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for approximately 5 minutes, suffocating him to death. And now, United States residents are infuriated, and “they’re tired of seeing black men die constantly, over and over again,” Philonise Floyd, the victim’s brother, states. All around the country, civilians are uniting to protest inequality and represent the concept of racial brotherhood and justice for all. Justice for the destitute. Justice for the marginalized minorities. Justice for George Floyd!

As young children, we are taught to praise police officers - to respect their work. Supposedly, they keep our nation in safe hands and protect us from miscreants. But, oh, how the tables have turned. When policemen kill, society tells us that it is for security and the ‘greater good.’ Nevertheless, police brutality repeatedly strikes the headlines, as officers continue to unjustifiably apply deadly forces on innocent civilians. Legally, officials are only permitted to do so when the suspect has posed themselves as a threat to the deputies or other upright individuals. However, George Floyd was a “gentle giant” and never intended to harm anyone.

He was a suspect for forgery. FORGERY! After shopping at the supermarket, a cashier ordered the police, suspecting a fraudulent check. Yet, these officers pulled him over and executed him with no empathy, as pedestrians pleaded to check his pulse and let him loose. Nonetheless, the cold-blooded murderers stood by the offense, as if they were honorable and law-abiding, although they had no justifiable reason to strangle him. “It’s like déjà vu,” some say, remembering the murder of Eric Garner in 2014.

We heard the same cries for air: “I can’t breathe.”

We remember the shooting of Michael Brown in 2014 and the death of Freddie Gray in 2015.

Those weren’t the first cases of police brutality, nor will they be the last.

This is the world we live in, and we need to acknowledge that it is the reality. The brutal reality. Because when everyone says “it isn’t that bad,” or “times have changed,” it just isn’t right. It is what we are all told to think, told to believe, but we are the next generation of leaders. And I can tell you that -- that starts now. Our time is now! Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis recognizes, “Being black in America should not be a death sentence.” Take a stand and raise awareness - George Floyd will receive justice, and we will create a peaceful environment and domestic tranquility for the years to come!

photo obtained from Highsnobiety

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