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George Floyd and the Uproar in America

Updated: Jul 5, 2020

George Floyd, a regular man, was killed. I think that's all I need to say for now.

On May 25th of this year, something devastating happened. A black man named George Floyd was killed. Some of you may have already heard about this. Maybe some of you didn't realize any of this, though I doubt that. Here's the basics: this wouldn't have happened to a white person. Why? Because even if we don't see it, our society is very, very skewed. We've been fighting this battles for many years. Why it hasn't already ended is beyond my understanding.

Let it be known that this was not the first time events like these have happened. People like Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, and so many more have been killed. It pains me to type out these words. To know that so many innocent people were killed, at the hands of the police, because of the color of their skin. Time and time again this happens, but how do we fix it? Well, I hope we find a solution to over policing, because I can't stand any more of this.

Aren't police the ones who are supposed to protect and serve? Whatever happened to police protecting their country? Although, and please keep this in mind, not all police officers are bad. Many are as outraged about this as we are. In fact, Police Chief Kristen Ziman was against it, saying that there was 'no defense' for killing George Floyd. That reminds me, I should zoom in a bit on how George Floyd died. (If you don't want to read that, just skip the next paragraph.)

It all started when a store owner called 911, accusing George Floyd of using a counterfeit $20 bill. Now, let me be honest with you, if he did use a fake bill, then he can't go away unpunished. But the punishment shouldn't be death. I mean, even if it was a bigger amount of money, which it wasn't, he would probably get a long time in jail. Just his luck to get racist cops. Out of all the cops in the city that might've come, they were the ones that came. If he had gotten cops that were fair, he would still be alive. We probably wouldn't even know who he was. Anyway, moving on, he got arrested. But for some reason, one cop pinned him down, which stopped him from breathing. Three other cops were watching, but isn't that just as bad? If you aren't going to move in and stop bad things from happening, then you're committing a crime too. By ignoring it all, they were also hurting George. And you can't even try to back that cop up, because George said that he couldn't breathe many, many times. There's no good in this. Just sorrow, sorrow, sorrow.

I must say, the whole country has really caught on. There have been protests everywhere, though the riots have been making the news a lot lately. Yes, I said riots. Although the majority of the protests are peaceful, of course some aren't. I'm not saying I excuse it, but I see what they're trying to do. I get it. For years, people have been peacefully protesting, but this still happens. Sometimes it feels like going crazy is the only way to get your voice heard around here. It might be. So I encourage all of you, go out there and make a difference! Get your voice heard! Make a change! The world isn't going to do it itself.

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