I Can't Breathe

I Can’t Breathe-Joseph Green

First, my deepest and sincere condolences goes out to the families of Breona smith, Armaud Aurbery and George Floyd.

Its troubling and heartbreaking to see the murder of Mr. Floyd play out on national t.v.. Its troubling that many men sit in prison today because they were with someone committing a crime and although the didn’t know that person was going to do it, they were still complicit. Yet, why haven’t charges been brought about for the other officers who were being complicit to the murder of Mr. Floyd. Its troubling that in 2020 we are still dealing with racial and social injustice. Our country is in a state of chaos dealing with the covid 19 pandemic, the racial tension and systematic racism infused in our laws and government.

Mr. Floyd was murdered by those SWORN to protect and serve us. This is clear proof that this country has a racial and a social economical problem to address. This country’s criminal justice system is broken. More importantly we realize that this country’s moral and ethical standards for human life is purely based on race and economical status.

To hear this man beg for his life and call out for his mother hurts. Do we understand that we watched a modern day lynching play out on national t.v? This hurts bad because this is the world that I have to return to, that my niece’s have to live in. A world that my little cousins have to live in. How and when can we ever feel safe in this country? Time and time again black men and woman are killed unjustly by those sworn to protect us. How can I ever expect to be treated as equal when the perspective of me to law enforcement is seen as a threat of danger and violence? With the events of the last 6 years, shouldn’t it be I who sees law enforcement as a threat of danger, violence and death? It’s sad that my skin color is still the determining factor of my existence. Why must black and brown parents have talks with their children about race and the police in 2020? But why not the world is seeing a man beg for his life as he is suffocated and killed by a police officer.

Think about this for a moment and see if you see the resemblance, in slavery they taught and told their children how to act if they encountered a white person. They expressed the dangers of death and violence. And today we give that same talk to our children and love ones but we now speak about law enforcement and ignorant human beings that plague this earth. This is a crazy reality we are living in.

Not all law enforcement means us harm. Not all white people mean us harm. But its clear that systematic racism is not eradicated. Some ignorant people have negative and cruel intentions when dealing with those of black and brown hue. 

Where does change begin? Change begins with us having a better respect for ourselves. We must love ourselves and our culture. We are killing each other at an alarming rate. But black lives matter right? Or does it only matter when another race kills us? We can’t just show unity when a police officer or white person kills a black person. We have to show unity when any life is took unjustly. Look at the actions of those protesting and rioting. But can you blame them? It’s not right, but can you blame them for being angry? This country is tired of the hate rhetoric and bigotry tweeted by our nations leader. He touts his ignorance by tweeting, ” When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” But yet he wants peace!! He is in a position of leadership but what people in this country is he truly leading. 

This country is tired of peaceful protest that don’t bring about change. They demand solutions. The demand a change in the laws of this country. No parent should have to speak to their children about being black in a country that says every citizen is treated equal and free. How do you explain to your children that the police may see you as a threat simply because of the color of your skin. 

This country is so angry and its more then just the black community, everyone is fed up. I pray for justice in the cases of George Floyd , Armaud Aurbery, Breona smith!


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