Recent tragic murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have sparked ongoing unrest in America. The same racism that we saw this country built on still exists in the foundations of our society, proven by the horrifying videos of George Floyd’s murder and others. Despite the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement, we still see the same police brutality against black communities in America’s cities. These incidents have exposed the underlying racism that has remained invisible for so long. Our laws, statutes, and justice system have been unjustly harsh on African Americans, disproportionately placing and keeping them in prisons and at the bottom of society since the birth of America. We see how COVID-19 is hitting the black community the hardest compared to any other race. Institutional discrimination within America has perpetrated poor access to health care, high stress and health issues, and work that places our black citizens in essential work positions increasing their likely exposure to COVID. It is during these tough times that we must come together and realize the fact that racism is pervasive and deep in our systems. Since the horrify murder of George Floyd, people are on the streets and demanding for a police reform. Nowadays, we hear the demands of justice and equality in the chants: “No justice, no peace” and “I can’t breathe”. These crowds represent not just blacks and African Americans, but a remarkably diverse group who are raising their voices to demand equitable treatment for all. Non-black people are also recognizing the privileges they have and are fighting for ALL to have these privileges. The demands of these protests cannot be swept under the rug as has been done too many times before; the government at all levels must implement real change to rid our society of deeply rooted racism. Our local, state, and national leaders need to come forward, recognize the issues that these protests have raised, and work to change the institutions of our country. We need leadership that will heal the wounds of our nation. We are at a turning point in our nation’s history. It is unacceptable to stay silent anymore; we must speak out against these horrendous acts of racial injustice and stand in solidarity with the black community. The actions we take NOW are what matters. If we act at this time, America can change for the better. We urgently need productive dialogue and courageous action. This is the moment; this is the time!
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