Since the murder of George Floyd, the country’s undergone a significant change. Massive, diverse protests have filled the streets in America and globally, calling for an end to police brutality and racism in all its forms.
May 31, a George Floyd protest in Cardiff Wales. Photo by Matthew Horwood, Getty Images
Shrines to a bigoted, uneven, and in some cases, patently false history are being torn down. National monuments are coming under fire about their true antiquity while sports teams are having to rethink the significance of their logos, names and mascots.
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Outwardly, people are finally examining what it means to be a black person or minority in America. And in many cases, that degree of introspection is visibly painful. Nevertheless, it’s occurring, despite Trump attempts to label #BLM a terrorist organization. Still, if meaningful police reform was and still is the goal of all this then the goal is visibly slipping away. Can it be reclaimed? Can we continue to harness, and more importantly nourish, this positive sway of worldwide solidarity we’ve been experiencing? The short answer is yes but we have to start chewing our food better. Continue reading
Photo by Fibonacci Blue from Minnesota, USA
They’re three words in the simplest of sentences; an adjective, a noun as a subject and a verb. They were supposed to make people aware of the sanctity of all life, particularly African-Americans. They were introduced because blacks were the ones mostly being killed by police and the words Black Lives Matter were intended to be a reminder to law enforcement of their pledge to protect all citizens. Yet over the course of just a few years, the words have managed to alienate many and effectively become something of a battle cry rallying the nation’s police forces against the movement, in expectations of violent insurrection. It wasn’t supposed to be like this.
You wouldn’t think scoring a buzzer-beater in a community league basketball game would cost you your life but I woke one morning to find that that’s exactly what it costed one young man in Philadelphia. A lone gunman ambushed three teens, 14, 15 and 16 years old, after a game. The 14 year-old was shot in the arm, the 15 year-old in the face and the 16 year-old in the leg. The 15 year-old later died in the hospital. The others were last listed in critical condition and there have been no arrests. Continue reading