I wanted to reach out about a thought that I had the other day, when questioning how can we make a difference with what happened to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and the all the black men, woman (and sadly) children before them and even after them. I asked, how can we make that injustice a game changer for moving forward into the future. There is nothing that brings justice to such a grotesque mentality in where lives have been continually lost at the hands of the very people who are supposed to protect them but what if someone, somewhere would start a memorial project where the names were put onto stone of all the black men, women and children who have had their lives taken from them at the
hands of corrupt and racist police officers.
I know this doesn’t stop racism, it doesn’t bring back the lives that have been lost or counteract the injustice but i feel it at least is a start of recognizing the wrongs that have happened time and time again. I know that when I visit war memorials it brings such a sense of sorrow but also gratitude for the men that gave their lives to make our country safer and in a sense a lot of black men and woman have served a similar purpose but only if we recognize the atrocities that they have had to endure. Schools, people from other countries and future generations could visit the site and learn about the lives lost at the hands of police brutality and why it’s so important that systematic racism ends and stays ended.
I know the US government would probably never endorse this because that would mean admitting their mistakes and their ignorance to the racism and injustices that have occurred for years and years. But maybe someone who is wealthy enough who likes this idea could get the ball rolling and then maybe donations or a go fund me page? I don’t know I’m just throwing ideas around.
I’d love to see a memorial with all the names of the people who’s lives have been taken in the name of racism, I’d like to see those names written in stone and possibly some strong images of protesters over the years, in order to show love and appreciation to all the people who have walked for them in an attempt to bring awareness and put a stop to the systematic racism. It’s a long shot I know but I thought it was worth sharing and putting out there.
Again this isn’t a solution to racism, this barely scratches the surface for the actions of the police and also my own and our own ignorance as white people and maybe this is just me being super white and uneducated but please know it comes from a sincere place of wanting to help bring a sense of justice to an unjust problem that needs change.
I don’t know if this has already been suggested, or maybe it’s in the pipe line somewhere but I just wanted to put it out there.
I know a lot of people aren’t approaching this subject publicly in fear of loosing readers and that’s up to them, it’s their road to walk. For me, I have to share this because if we don’t tackle racism head on despite how uncomfortable it is, we won’t grow and the next generation will have to endure the same injustice and I’m not prepared to be a part of that. I want to see a change, I want to help be a part of the change and not sit back and say nothing. I want to learn and express my thoughts on a space that is my own.
photo via Leshon Lee