Author Notes: This is not an update, but a need to share. My mind and heart are split in so many different directions at this time. I continue to write in moments of silence. I will update when able.
Summary: Please Read.
I know quite a few of my readers, and people on this platform in general, are not American. However, I would be remiss not to acknowledge the pain my community is suffering. I weep at the loss of another unarmed Black man in America. I am a bi-racial (Black and White) woman who grew up in Philly. I have seen – firsthand – the brutality, profiling, and injustice faced by Black family members, friends, and neighbors. George was most certainly not the first to die at the hands of this racist system, but we protest in hopes that changes to the system may make him the last. America is under siege – by this racist, incompetent administration and by the faction of American’s that support the puppet who currently occupies the office of president. Black America has been under siege for 400+ years.
Unfortunately, I have been unable to protest on the ground at this time due to my current covid-19 positive status. However, I continue to make my voice heard online and provide support to my community in any way I can as we RISE UP! As I FaceTime into protests and view protests via Instagram Live I want to make known that the majority of protesting across this Nation is peaceful – protesting for justice, for the arrests of the other 3 officers involved in the murder of George Floyd; involved in the murder of Breonna Taylor, for systemic change, for to go for a run, cell CDs, sleep in our homes, drive our cars, walk home, to LIVE – to BREATHE! However, when day turns to night the protests have been co-opted by opportunists using this pain and unrest to loot and steal, destroying many black-owned businesses and communities. Along with those opportunists, there are provocateurs – people coming in only to incite violence and damage. They are not fighting with us – they are fighting against us. They slip in during the cover of night to undermine the very purpose of our protests. We can also see – BY VIDEO EVIDENCE – that many peaceful protests were escalated by police themselves. Imagine that, police brutality happening at the protests of police brutality. Showing up in military grade riot gear is escalation enough, but the continued use of tear gas and rubber bullets (which still have metal cores) on peaceful protestors standing with their hands up chanting further proves the disgusting power disparity, injustice, and brutality between our communities and the police.