Do Black Lives Only Matter When They’re In The News? How Can We Stop Unjustified Deaths?
[George Floyd: May 25, 2020] George Floyd was arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill then he was killed by a police officer that decided to kneel on his neck for eight minutes – for no apparent reason.
[Breonna Taylor: March 13, 2020] Louisville detectives served a ‘no knock’ warrant to search for drugs. They shot and killed Breonna Taylor while she was in bed. No drugs were found.
[Eric Garner: July 17, 2014] Eric Garner died after he was wrestled to the ground by a New York police officer on suspicion of illegally selling cigarettes.
This is has been happening for decades and it won’t be fixed by anything that happens in the next few weeks. Systemic inequality cannot be fixed by pushing a button.
It requires a combination of changing public opinion, new policies and political will. These things happen incrementally. If we only focus our attention on it when it’s in the news these increments will happen very slowly.
When George Floyd disappears from the news and your social media feed, will you still be demanding justice? I will. Will you? Let me know what you think in the comments.
I created a listing on iimagine where we can crowdsource the best ideas about how to stop from this from happening again. You can vote for the best ideas, post your own ideas and comment on ideas from other people.
You can also create your own listing to get ideas to solve any other problem. Bringing attention to problems is easy. Solving them is hard.
If you want to do more than just post a black square on your IG, this is a great way to be part of the solution.
See the listing at the link below:
“Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible – even if you’re choking on it – until you let the sun in. Then you see it’s everywhere. As long as we keep shining that light, we have a chance of cleaning it wherever it lands.” –Kareem Abdul-Jabbar,