Lately, the world has been active. From marches to protests - the people are taking action against injustice, inequality, and police brutality. There is never a wrong time to fight for what is right and the fight going on right now is very, very important. For hundreds of years, and even until this day, darker people suffer more than others in the United States of America. They suffer not only discrimination, but also brutality and murder by the hand of the police. In the wake of the recent cold-blooded murder of George Floyd by police (and countless others), people have taken to the streets to show unity against what is wrong and let it be known were they stand. With several protests and marches organized throughout the city of San Francisco, we felt it necessary to attend and show up because ultimately, Black Lives Matter.
The atmosphere at these protests and marches was unlike anything I've ever personally experienced. To see people of all walks of life come together for a common purpose and goal, was truly special. Thousands and thousands of people showed up day after day to fight for black lives and human rights. People were chants, cheering and linking arms in full solidarity. Hundreds of handmade signs with sincere messages of reform and remembrance, speckled a sea of protestors. Some folks even brought free water and snacks for those there protesting. A kind gesture, indeed. Some people were also taking preemptive measures by passing out gloves and water mixed with baking soda in order to wash away tear gas. The camaraderie and kindness was uplifting. So many individuals, families, friends, coworkers, couples, classmates, sisters, brothers, and every one in between protesting together. Overall, the protests were peaceful even in the face of hundreds of police officers equipped for war with riot gear, helmets, shields, guns, batons, tear gas, pepper spray, zip-ties, tasers, handcuffs, etc.
The number one objective in our country should be to fight against injustice, inequality, and police brutality until things change for the better. But, I want to take the spotlight off of recent tragedies and shine it on the young people of the Black Lives Matter movement. Seeing the passion (created by pain) in these young people across the country, is truly inspiring. Change is inevitable and at this point, absolutely necessary. With the young people of this nation leading this change, I am confident in the direction and proud to be a part of it.
Power to the people,