As a young white male, I was very lucky to grow up surrounded by some amazing people, many of whom were Black.
Now as a 34-year-old white man, I would like to think I understand "Black Lives Matter" more than the average White person. Growing up I was lucky enough to grow up surrounded by two Black women who I consider family. I was prevalent to casual racism and disgusting racial abuse aimed at both of them and behind their backs. They both taught me so much more than they know, they taught me how to not judge a person based on their skin colour. They both taught me how to respect Women more than any person has ever done in my life.
I would like to think I understood the suffering Black people have experienced for hundreds of years however, I couldn't even begin to fathom what it's like to be judged for the colour of your skin and to be treated like a 2nd class citizen. The video of George Floyd being murdered bought it all to the forefront of my mind and made me appreciate what my two beautiful friends and so many others had suffered during their lives.
I can remember Kanye West rapping "On the plane, scared as hell that her guy look like Emmett Till". I remember rapping along to Through The Wire and loving the Kanye West College Dropout album, but I never understood that line. I saw a tweet on my timeline mentioning Emmett Till so I googled it and to my horror, Emmett Till was a 14-year-old boy who was falsely accused of touching a white woman and subsequently shot in the face and killed.
The murder of George Floyd for using a supposed counterfeit note at a store shows to me racial profiling and racial crimes have not progressed as much as wed like to think since the slaying of Emmett Till in 1955.
Emmett Till, Slavery and Police brutality are the reason why "Black Lives Matter". Of course "All Lives Matter" but not all lives face police brutality and being slain as was Emmett Till. "Black Lives Matter" is about black people empowering each other and offering emotional support which is why initiatives like Black Pound Day (the brainchild of Swiss from So Solid Crew) are so empowering and needed. Black Pound Day is so empowering and offers so much stability and emotional support to a race that has and continues to bring so much enrichment to everyone's lives. To be brutally honest "Black Lives Matter" is needed to educate white people like me on the continued suffering of Black people for the colour of their skin.
It breaks my heart that my two female friends and many other people I know have suffered because of the colour of their skin. We all must stand in solidarity with all Black people so they know that White people understand and support "Black Lives Matter".
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