At the Heart of Protest is Oppression, But Hope Remains

In the wake of George Floyd's Murder, #BlackLivesMatter Protesters cry out for change.

Oppression and Black Lives Matter, Black Panter, George Floyd
Jones Hogu

There’s a fundamental belief that we live in a country that’s “free”. The problem is, America has never been free for blacks. Year after year we’ve watched as they have killed our people and have gentrified our way of life. What we see in the streets of almost every major city across the country is the culmination of years of frustration, loss, and years of not being heard.

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you want the protests to stop, then keep us out of violence, you want peace, give us that same peace we’ve been asking for… because we’ve been asking for it for generations. Stop killing our people, stop stealing from us because my people are hurting, they don’t know what else to do but protest in rage.

Historically, blacks have asked for little. Our only request has been for “civil rights”. Treat us like humans, stop killing sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers. Systematic racism is deceptive, it masquerades as help but the reality is this flawed system cannot serve those they did not design it to protect. George Floyd was one of many. We need a change, we need to hold anyone who takes the life of another human being accountable, especially in the manner this flawed police system has, and we need it expeditiously because we’re tired of the oppression.

“Freedom is never really won, you earn it and win it in every generation” – Coretta Scott King

That change starts with charging every cop who’s ever killed a black man/woman/boy or girl without cause. It continues by making sure there’s FAIR due process in our judicial system and not just for whites and acknowledging that the system works differently for blacks and other minorities. Until this happens, the voice of the oppressed will continue to cry out. We will continue to address and speak out against our oppressors. It’s simple, stop killing blacks. Charge those who have… We know whites don’t want the oppression that blacks have to deal with in America and if you’ve been paying attention; you know why. #BlackLivesMatter.