• Monique Bonds

No Justice, No Peace.

Every time the police kills an unarmed black man, my mind starts racing with what if's. That could've easily been my brother, uncle, cousin, or friends. That's the scariest part of living in America — you never know what's coming next.

On Monday, May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an unarmed black man, became another hashtag due to the injustice of the system. I'm sure you've all seen the videos and pictures by now, so I will not include them in this piece. Instead, I chose to add a respectable image of Mr.Floyd as it shows him in a positive light.

In the now-viral video, you see a white Minneapolis police officer pinning his knee into Floyd's neck during an arrest. You can hear Floyd say, "I can't breathe," and "Please, I can't breathe," while the officer continues to pin Floyd down. After a few minutes, Floyd becomes unresponsive as the officer continues to place his knee in Floyd's neck.

Thankfully, an innocent bystander was able to record this inhumane act as it has raised awareness and caused Minneapolis to riot for what's right.

However, I think it takes more than sharing a video, picture, or tweet to raise awareness. These unlawful acts have been reoccurring in the black community, yet, the protesting only last for so long. I don't want to see George Floyd become another hashtag, post, or viral video. I want to see a revolution; I want to see my people rise in all 50 states and raise hell as they should. Until we as African Americans can genuinely get our point across, nothing in America will change.

I'm tired of my people being made just another hashtag for social media. I want all of you to say their name, remember their name, and feel their pain.

To the family of,

George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Mike Brown, Jordan Davis, Tamir Rice, John Crawford, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Renisha McBride, Corey Jones, Markeis McGlockton, Yvonne Smallwood, Amaud Arbery, Oscar Grant, Jordan Roberts, Breonna Taylor, Sean Bell, Jonathan Ferrell, Clifford Glover, Randy Evans, and many many more, you are not alone.

You're never alone. The pain you're feeling is felt throughout the African American culture, and we won't stop until justice is served. It's up to us to change the narrative of African Americans in America, and it's only one way to do so.

As the great Malcolm X once said, "If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it is wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it is wrong for America to draft us and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country."

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