Following the recent murder of George Floyd in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the hands of Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, the world has somewhat collectively united to perpetuate the message that #BlackLivesMatter.
Derek Chauvin arrested Floyd as a result of speculation that Floyd had used a counterfeit $20 bill to make a purchase from a market. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, causing him to become unresponsive and ultimately resulting in his death, while three other officers (Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas K. Lane) assisted in the arrest.
All of the officers involved in Floyd’s arrest and murder were terminated from their position the day following the incident, although despite Floyd’s murder occurring on May 25, Chauvin wasn’t arrested until the 29th and was ultimately charged with with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Personally, I am convinced that had there not been video footage of Chauvin committing this excessive and absolutely unnecessary act of violence, he would still be walking the streets of Minneapolis as a free man, which is a irrefutable example of white privilege.
White privilege is alive and well, and I believe it is something that has become so normalized that many of us who are white are unable to recognize it in our daily lives. White privilege means experiencing benefits or advantages in everyday society simply for being white, specifically in social, economic and political contexts, and it cannot be ignored any longer considering the endless acts of racially-induced violence that are taking place all over the globe.
White privilege has been overlooked for far too long, and it cannot and will not be ignored any longer. Rather than failing to recognize its overwhelming presence in society, if you are white, use your privilege to speak up and out for those whose voices have been silenced by years of prejudice and oppression. Educate yourself, educate others, and stand up for what is right.
#BlackLivesMatter #NoJusticeNoPeace #ICantBreathe #SayTheirNames