Today we have more racial diversity than ever. As opposed to the 1950’s, black and white people will live in the same estates, travel in the same bus and attend the same schools today. Yet, more black people are uncomfortable walking the streets in a country where they were born and raised.
George Floyd, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Breonna Taylor are just some of the few black deaths that have been caused by the police in the recent past. But how did we get here in an era where the world enjoys inclusivity and diversity more than any other time in history? Why is that black people are not heard and respected?
We will never forget February 26, 2012 when Trayvon Martin, then 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, who was later acquitted. What should have been a lesson against racism and discrimination began a movement that the police have made sure to remain active with the unlawful arrests and killings of Black Americans.
Protests and demonstrations have been the order of the day, often attracting the use of brutal force by the police. Black people have fought, and we will continue fighting until we are all treated equally. We will not kill Martin Luther King’s dream of a world free of racism and segregation. Not now, not ever. It is our duty to ensure that everyone knows #blacklivesmatter.