• Breanna Ching

George Floyd. Say his name.

George Floyd.

Say his name.

As a white person living in a racist world, it is my responsibility to be an ally for marginalized populations. Part of me has no idea how to enter into this conversation as a white person, but to say nothing is a form of oppression and privilege.

So I will try.

Many of us hope we die peacefully while asleep with minimal suffering. For many White people, this is our reality. As white’s, we can also jog without fear, be in a position of power without criticism, and by the very nature of our skin colour we are not subjected to racial profiling or unjust practices, generally.

It’s important to note that being White does not mean your life is easy, it means it hasn’t been made harder by the colour of your skin.

When I see the unjust brutality and death of George Floyd, my heart breaks.

The, now former, police officer is in jail. I would hope so, after murdering someone without zero justifiable reason. However, this cannot ease the pain of Floyd’s friends and family; no amount of jail time will bring him back. They are dealing with unthinkable grief, losing someone they love so violently and painfully.

So instead of being reactive by placing the officer in jail, what if we aimed to be proactive, ensuring this never happens again?

The problem to this idea is that it is too simplistic when dealing with a society enthralled in racism. The death of people of colour MUST end. But how?

Be an ally. Listen to the voices of marginalized population.

Identify your own privilege and actively work towards un-learning our biases towards certain populations.

Learn what you can about their experiences. POC are not encyclopedias and do not need the burden of explaining racism and how it affects them. Google it. Research it. Challenge it. Come into their space with a sound knowledge base with the willingness to learn more.

What happened is literally the furthest thing from remotely okay. A human life is gone and it was preventable.

George Floyd. Say his name.

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