LET'S CHAT OVER TEA
PROTESTERS VS PROTESTERS.. BY JACINTA HIGDON
The viral video of George Floyd pleading "HE CAN'T BREATHE", while being suffocated to death with a knee on his neck by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has sparked nationwide protest. The outrage of another unarmed black man being murdered by those sworn to protect and serve has caused the streets to be flooded with marches, and chants of "BLACK LIVES MATTER" echoing from state to state. While the majority of protesters were peaceful, it was the looting and rioting that changed the narrative. The same community affected by hundreds of years of brutality and injustice were now publicly feuding over what is the appropriate way to resist. Many have chosen to use their social media platforms to justify and encourage a destructive uprising, while others condemn those burning down their own community. I've seen prominent black figures discouraging rioting and looting being labeled as coons, sell outs, or demand that they be "canceled" because they were encouraging a peaceful stance. Choosing a non violent or rebellious approach is reminiscent of whether you stood with a peaceful Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., chose "BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY" like Malcolm X, or bared arms in unison with the Black Panther Party. The divide on which strategic approach will be more effective has a history of creating chaos among those fighting for the same cause, which has always been JUSTICE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL. But let's not be so quick to condemn those who chastise the burning and looting of minority owned businesses, and damage to innocent peoples property. If you want to shut down a major highway, march to your local capitol, register voters, sign a petition for justice, vote out any politician, prosecutor, or attorney general who refuses to aid your community in progress, then I'm all for it. But I won't join forces with an entitled race who traveled to my community to burn down all I've known for a photo op. The economic impact won't affect rioters who have retreated to their suburbia homes. Historical landmarks that are now a pile of ashes, affordable homes, and stores will be replaced with million dollar condos and organic markets. Just because I won't join some opportunist doesn't mean I don't fear for my son and every other black man and woman every time they encounter a police officer, or anyone with ill intentions. It just means I'm willing to stand in solidarity with an effective approach to change the system. To the new and old generations of leaders who stood in solidarity on the front line and demanded the officers involved in George Floyd'a murder be arrested, and are still fighting for Breonna Taylor, and countless others, THANK YOU. Remember it should always be US VS THEM, RIGHT VS WRONG, NOT PROTESTERS VS PROTESTERS.
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