By Tony Softli
The world we live in today, everyone is dealing with the pandemic of COVID-19. This disease has no boundaries and doesn’t distinguish between Race, Color, Creed or even Sex. While most people that contract the disease are cured, a small percentage suffer a slow death attacking the lungs mostly.
On May 25, police officers of the Minneapolis police department killed George Floyd, a black man, after a delicatessen employee called 911, accusing him of purchasing cigarettes with counterfeit money. Less than twenty-minutes after the first police car arrived at the scene, Mr. Floyd was cuffed, laying face down on the ground and unconscious. Two police officers held him down while another knelt on his neck, as Floyd showed no signs of life after 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
The killing of young black men and women at the hands of corrupt police officers the last 40 days alone, has sent shock waves throughout Black America and especially Generation Y or Millennials born between 1980 and 1994, current age range 25-40 (this generational group accounts for over 70 million people in the U.S. of all nationalities). The wave of peaceful protest accompanied by looters unfortunately, gave courage to other countries and the world, who continue to experience the same brutality at the hands of the police, to stand up and raise their voices to be heard.
Thousands upon thousands of peaceful protesters started in Minneapolis, the chain reaction spread to all U.S. cities and several towns, eventually reaching the gates of the White House protesting systemic racism.
Their protest in numbers is as effective as Tommie Smith & John Carlos two man protest at the 1968 Summer Olympics because of the awareness level it has created, but is more dramatic with the instant photos and videos from cell phone technology.
Words are used to by pass the true meaning of racism, like bigotry, apartheid, segregation and discrimination, let’s call it what it is. Let’s do more then talk and listen, lets teach those that need the knowledge of treating people with human dignity and how to love and respect one another regardless of their nationality and skin color.
The key is for Generation Y to continue their push to end racism and teach their kids to love and respect the dignity for ALL human life. If not from their parents who possibly struggle to make the change, then other family members, neighbor, coaches, friends or somebody that can and will pass on the knowledge of human dignity and love to those that need direction and compassion for human life and how others should be treated while stamping out racism.
Like any other disease that is passed on from generation to generation, we must do our part and start the movement of change for Black Lives, but just as important All Lives in order to rid humanity of this dreadful disease of racism, Enough is enough!