The alarm goes off, and the first thing I grab is my phone, a habit that I’ve tried to break so many times. These last few weeks, I often sift through Twitter and Instagram, looking for new developments about COVID-19 -- there is always something in the back of my mind that knows social media isn’t a safe place, as it’s often the place where I gain information about yet another Black person whose life was taken due to police brutality.
I don’t want to talk about how horrible the #GeorgeFloyd death is, because it goes without saying how unjust it is. Non-Blacks, you want to know how to be our allies? Let’s talk about it. Make no mistake, this rebellion that’s happening, is not just about police brutality. It’s a culmination of the daily injustices and small indignities we endure, that white people turn a blind eye to on a daily basis that helped get things to this level of rage. This isn’t about ONE murder. This is about a lifetime of violence and being ignored in all facets of our lives.