Innocent black men are dying everyday. “I can’t breathe,” that’s what George Floyd said over and over again. That could easily be any of my brothers saying, “I can’t breathe,” my cousins saying, “I can’t breathe,” my uncles saying, “I can’t breathe,” or my nephew saying, “I can’t’ breathe.” It’s tiring. Why does this occur so frequently that we have to numb ourselves to black death?  Why can’t black men live? “I can’t breathe,” that’s the way you feel when you stomach the thought that any of your loved ones could have been in George Floyd’s shoes. We are targets because of the shade of our skin. Our lives continue to be taken because of the shade of our skin.

We live in a world where we experience so much hate and manslaughter for no reason. Black genocide has been occuring for years. It is almost as though killing black people in America has become a sport. Just because it might not be prevalent here does not mean that we should dismiss it. We are affected. We have to feel for our fellow black brothers and sisters that are endangered. This simply could be any of us ANY DAY. Just because it has not impacted us directly doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take a stand. I feel the pain with all my black brothers and sisters that are victims of police brutality. I’m with you. I’m riding for you and I will die for you. Black men, you deserve to live. You deserve to be great. Even if this country doesn’t love you, we do. We feel your pain. You are valuable. Your life matters. We will ride for you. Continue to walk with your heads held high.

It is embarrassing seeing people claim to be allies without the actions backing it. Posting is not enough. We need you to show up and show out. If you support us we need you to ride for us. We need you to be signing the petitions, speaking out about injustice, educating others, and calling the stations to demand justice. We need you to march with us. We need you to inform those that are ignorant. We need you to be willing to die for this injustice. Batting an eyelash is not enough. If you don’t see that then you’re part of the problem. Choosing to be silent is choosing the side of the oppressor. Your voice and actions matter now more than ever. If you aren’t black and care about other people this is your fight too. It is not white vs black it’s everyone vs racists. 

How many more people have to die before there’s change? How many more cops are gonna go free after murdering innocent black men?

It’s painful for me having to younger brothers to send out into the world. It is painful having to teach my 6 year old sister the way that we are treated in America because of the color of our skin. Why do I have to hide my social media feeds from my younger sister just so that she is not exposed to police violence? We are being called thugs, yet all the gang like behavior I’m seeing comes from the police. There job is to protect not to oppress. Yet, there’s so much hatred, corruption, and terror. But if you don’t see that you’re also part of the problem. If you’re feeling attacked or uncomfortable you’re probably racist. 

I am tired of racism being swept under the rug. I am tired of people claiming that they aren’t racist because they have a black friend. What are you doing for them in times of need? I am tired of people claiming ally and disappearinng when they’re needed. As for Nantucket. Why has it been two years since someone committed a hate crime on the African meeting house? It is 2020. This is embarrassing. Our community needs to do better within itself before thinking we can spark change in the world. Nantucket needs to start taking accountability and stop overlooking racism. 

RIP TO ALL THE people that have died as victims of police brutality. 

RIP TO ALL THE people that have died as a result of racism.

-Breonna Taylor 

-George Floyd

-Stephon Clark

-Philando Castile

-Eric Garner

-Trayvon Martin

-And countless others

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