By Maya Mukherjee, aged 14
Maya is my cousin’s daughter. She wrote this article for her school who felt it was too political to publish, so we’re publishing it here.
As you all may know, on 25th May 2020 an African American man named George Floyd was brutally murdered by a police officer in Minneapolis. He was handcuffed and pushed onto the floor. The knee of the officer was placed onto George Floyd’s neck, consequently killing him. The officer, Derek Chauvin, a white man, was charged with third degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Unfortunately, this is common; however most of the time the officer does not get charged with any crime.
George Floyd is one of the many innocent black lives that were taken from this world by the police. Other examples include Keith Childress, Bettie Jones, Michael Lee Marshal Kevin Mathews, Michael Noel and Eric Garner. This is only a handful of the names. This must stop. People assume that just because of the Civil Rights Movement 52 years ago that racial oppression has stopped. This is false. Slavery has stopped, but racism is present to this day. White privilege still exists and we need to make a change. All lives matter when black lives matter. Let’s make a change right now.
By staying silent in times of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. Do your part by helping! As Martin Luther King said “Don’t judge a person by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Sign the petition https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/
Co-Creator at Watch This Sp_ce
Mo Kanjilal is an award-winning Sales Director and Co-Creator at Watch This Sp_ce, a consultancy business to help people reimagine how they work to include everyone. She is also a freelance writer in the process of writing a novel. She mentors for a charity, and campaigns around many issues.
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