Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd. All of them killed. No, all of them murdered. Because of what? That is what I’ve been asking myself, trying to piece why someone would do what they did to these people, and the only thing I’ve got is that they were murdered because of the color of their skin. Because they were black. Because of HATE. And this, this repugns me, that we are still there, even after all that fighting and all that blood spilled. That years of progress weren’t enough to end this hate.
I had never been truly conscious about racism. I was raised to believe that all human beings are equal and therefore we have the same rights. I thought everyone shared my views. With the presidency of Obama, it seemed as if we were moving past those dark ages of ignorance and hate to those of light and respect. But I guess I was wrong, and what has just happened these last months proves that we haven’t passed that breach, yet.
It was when I first read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas that I became conscious about police brutality in America. That being a minority in the land of the free is dangerous, and that you are never truly safe. That the people that are supposed to defend you, attack you and that the law is different, always different. You start to realize that everything changes depending on the color of your skin, that you may be a target when you are jogging along, sleeping in your house or walking down the street.
There is still racism in this world, still people who believe they are superior because of a small feature in their body, that is color. But what they don’t realize is that there is only one race and its name is the human race. A race that has accomplished so much when working together, but has also destroyed as much when at war with each other. The color of our skin should not define us, our actions should. After all we are all humans, therefore we all have equal rights. As the Declaration of Independence states, “we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” We have the right to live in a world where we are not afraid to be ourselves.
As Martin Luther King Jr. once said “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” We all have an American dream, the biggest question is which is yours and what will you do to accomplish it?