Today I made history. I travelled to the town of Milton Keynes on 6th June 2020 to make my voice heard in a Black Lives Matter peaceful protest. These protests have been taking place all over the world from 25th May 2020 when a black American man, George Floyd, was unlawfully killed by a white police officer in the United States. This is one of THOUSANDS of deaths and serious incidents caused by police brutality all over the world and quite frankly, black people have had enough.
Mr. George Floyd’s death was definitely a tragic death. This world has had a right to react to it, but I do not believe they have reacted the proper way. I feel like this has come so much further than justice for Mr. Floyd. Their’s peaceful protests, riots, looting, and burning down companies. Even burning down a business of an innocent man, just because they thought the business was owned by a white man. The business was actually owned by a black man that started off in the ghetto and man something of himself. This is more than justice for Mr. Floyd, I believe this is more than Black lives matter protests now. I feel like people are terrified of the fact that we do indeed have some dirty cops in our law enforcement all over the world, but we always have. I am not against law enforcement one bit, I support them and I have trust in them.
Isabel Hardman’s book, ‘Why we get the wrong politicians’, said a lot of things to me about politics and how it is inaccessible to most people to which I agreed with for the most part, but my major takeaway was the astonishing statistic on who actually elects your MP and therefore, makes laws and governs the country.
As early as the 1500’s, Africans were purchased and brought over to America to be slaves to the colonizers, building a new world. A new world on the bodies of the indigenous tribes that already were here. They were “property” to these people, looking to build anew. The indigenous were “savages”, the Africans were “savage property”, and they felt they were the kings and queens. After centuries of slavery, the “slaves“ found themselves fighting for freedom. Freedom from the British tyranny over the land, but not their own freedom.