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Protest footage mainstream media isn’t showing

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
June 2nd, 2020

I hate that we need the hashtag #blacklivesmatter.

I hate it because the entire concept feels totally fucked up. It should NEVER have been needed, not hundreds of years ago and most certainly not in 2020. Two thousand and twenty – a time where you’d think that the disgusting legacy of those who were stupid enough to believe the amount of pigment in someone’s skin made them lesser in any way, would be long gone.

Black lives should matter. Equally. Sadly, it’s not only history, but this very moment in time we’re living in that seems to be saying otherwise.

The truth is, we all live in a space where racism and prejudice exist –  and acknowledging it feels heavy, scary and incredibly sad.

Communities are banding together in protest of the horrific police brutality against people of colour all around the world, but the spotlight is definitely on the US at the moment following the murder of George Floyd and of course, the many black men and women who came before him.

There has been footage shown from the grounds of some of the most intense protests the world has ever seen this week but sadly, news outlets are selecting much of the most damaging moments to share with audiences across the globe.

If you look a little deeper, you’ll see there’s been so many beautiful moments of peaceful, inspiring protest, which is exactly what we want to share with you… because it doesn’t just highlight the beauty of humanity, but the hope that goes along with it.

And for a bit of perspective for those who still can’t understand or recognise their white privilege, please read this incredible Instagram post below. Original author is unknown…

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I have privilege as a white person because I can do all of these things without thinking twice: I can go birding (#ChristianCooper) I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery) I can relax in the comfort of my own home (#BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson and #BreonnaTaylor) I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride) I can have a cellphone (StephonClark) I can leave a party to get to safety (JordanEdwards) I can play loud music (JordanDavis) I can sell CDs (AltonSterling) I can sleep (AiyanaJones) I can walk from the corner store (MikeBrown) I can play cops and robbers (TamirRice) I can go to church (Charleston9) I can walk home with Skittles (TrayvonMartin) I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (SeanBell) I can party on New Years (OscarGrant) I can get a normal traffic ticket (SandraBland) I can lawfully carry a weapon (PhilandoCastile) I can break down on a public road with car problems (CoreyJones) I can shop at Walmart (JohnCrawford) I can have a disabled vehicle (TerrenceCrutcher) I can read a book in my own car (KeithScott) I can be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover) I can decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese) I can ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans) I can cash a check in peace (#YvonneSmallwood) I can take out my wallet (#AmadouDiallo) I can run (#WalterScott) I can breathe (#EricGarner) I can live (#FreddieGray) I CAN BE ARRESTED WITHOUT THE FEAR OF BEING MURDERED (#GeorgeFloyd) White privilege is real. Take a minute to consider a Black person’s experience today. #BlackLivesMatter *I copied and pasted this; please do the same.* We must fight for justice. NOW. Reposted from @tyfrench ❤️

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