“I Stand With You”

Content Warning: Police brutality

I do not pretend to know what it feels like to be oppressed. I recognize that I experience privilege because of the color of my skin. It is because of that privilege that I do not know what it feels like to be viewed as anything other than someone that belongs. I know that the color of my skin gives me a voice that is more likely to be heard. I plan on using my voice to bring justice to the world. I see the underrepresented and I try to make them feel loved. I don’t believe that anyone should ever feel like they don’t matter. Like they are an outsider in their own town.

The evil I see in our country is heartbreaking. I see Breonna Taylor, a black woman, killed in her sleep because a warrant was issued for the wrong address. I see Ahmaud Arbery, a black man, only receive justice after a video of his murder goes viral. I see George Floyd, a black man, killed while he was restrained. Mr. Floyd’s last words were “I can’t breathe” much like Eric Gardner, another black man, who was killed at the hands of the police in 2014.

I see a white woman call the police and lie saying she was threatened by Christian Cooper, a black man, when he had only asked her to put her dog on a leash. I see white, armed protesters carrying symbols of hate and terror, allowed to threaten and intimidate state capitols over the inconveniences of wearing a mask and social distancing for the common good. If those protesters had been black, they would have been restrained, threatened, beaten, tear-gassed, and faced the possibility of death. That is what white privilege looks like.

I stand with the Black community. I stand with the Native American community. I stand with the Hispanic community. I stand with every person who has been oppressed because of their skin color or heritage. This is not a fight that should still need to be fought, but it is. And for that reason I will use my voice to fight for justice for every minority until my dying breath if I have to.

No one should feel unsafe in their own house, their own neighborhood, their own country. Justice for Ahmaud Arbery. Justice for Breonna Taylor. Justice for George Floyd. May we bring them peace by bringing their murderers to justice.

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Abigail Coffee
Abigail Coffee is a Screenwriting Major.