Black Lives Matter

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.