“I’m Exhausted By A Heartbreak That Never Seems To Stop’”Michelle Obama
After the tragic death of George Flyod, and the countless others it broke my heart. I cried on my terrace located in a remote village in India, for a black man that died in Minneapolis. That is the power of Social Media if you know how to harness it.
“Racism Is Not Getting Worse, It’s Getting Filmed”.Will Smith
Will Smith was right. The brutality was just caught on camera.
In an ideal world, being born in a certain class, caste, gender, race shouldn’t dictate your ability in getting a scholarship, job or college. But it does.
I told my mom, “What’s the point to anything, protests are turning violent, people are frustrated of a system that is not willing to change.”
Then my mom told me about Obama’s response to George Flyod’s death that changed my entire perspective in viewing the protests.
In the first three paragraphs Obama explains the reasons why people protest in the first place and the importance of knowing the system if we want to bring about real change
“There is genuine and legitimate frustration over a decades-long failure to reform police practices and the broader criminal justice system.
The point of protest is to raise public awareness, to put a spotlight on injustice, and to make the powers uncomfortable. But eventually, we have to translate those aspirations into specific laws and institutional practices.
To do that, we have to know which levels of government have the biggest impact. Changing the federal government is important. But the elected officials who matter most in reforming police departments and the criminal justice system work at the state and local levels.
So if we want to bring about real change, the choice isn’t between protest and politics––we have to do both.
Obama urges us to channel this frustration into something more actionable like casting a vote in the elections!
We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform.
The more specific we can make demands for criminal justice and police reform, the harder it will be for elected officials to just offer lip service to the cause and then fall back into business as usual once protests have gone away. – Barack Obama
Watching the heightened activism of young people makes me hopeful. And if we can keep channeling our justifiable anger into peaceful, sustained, and effective action, this can be the moment when real change starts. Let’s get to work. – Barack Obama
With this possibility we have a hope things will change!
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