BLACK LIVES MATTER, JUNETEENTH, & THE PANDEMIC
2020, just wow!
First of all, this entry will be a short one because there’s so much to say, but I’ve spent the past few weeks speaking, actively peacefully protesting, and discussing the issues within the system. The tragic death of George Floyd left many people of color and especially black people sad and more fearful of the force than ever. However, I am proud of the many Americans and non-Americans who protested making the Floyd Protests the broadest protest in U.S. history. Plus, Floyd’s killer, Officer Chauvin, and the other three policemen involved were charged with murder (even though one of the officers did get bailed out). Honestly, there’s so much to say, but as a black woman, I am tired in many ways by the oppression and injustices against the black community, and to be frank, it’s time to be educated yal. For example, I remember in junior high, I had a teacher who debated with me on Egypt and its placement in Africa. She refused to believe that Egypt was in Africa, and finally, I told her, “pull our map down then.” Following my command, she pulled down that map, and BEHOLD… EGYPT was in fact in AFRICA! As my high school computer science teacher expressed, “Google is your teacher!” With that being said, stay informed everyone because school doesn’t always teach us everything.
JUSTICE FOR BREONNA TAYLOR
I as well as many others have not forgot about you darling… rest easy
ALSO, HAPPY LATE JUNETEENTH!
Juneteenth turned out to be a great day filled with music, free food, great vibes and afros while we’re at it, and my favorite part, the painting of the words: BLACK LIVES MATTER in downtown Bridgeport.
Here are some pics from this day (Dashiki from Dashiki Pride btw)
Photos of me along with my friend Talia were taken by my sister: @clasiqeye
For more resources, check out this amazing book on both British and Black British history that really helped educate me more on British politics and culture, slavery, and the overall system (shoutouts to my Black Studies Professor for this recommendation): https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/why-im-no-longer-talking-to-white-people-about-race-reni-eddo-lodge/1125377174
Meanwhile, here are some pics of what I’ve been up to this past month involving the Black Lives Matter Movement/Peaceful Protests:
Here’s a video explaining the week long camp out that residents of Bridgeport, CT were partaking in for 'Justice for Jayson Negron,' who was another victim of police brutality, and many more injustices. The Mayor refused and has been refusing a lot of media access lately, so I decided to be CNN for a day… (the week long campout resulted in the police department meeting some of the demands listed in the video).
AND ONE MORE THING WHILE WE'RE AT IT
WEAR YOUR MASKS EVERYONE CORONA IS STILL PREVALENT!!!
P.S. here is another BLM video while we're at it:
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