Please, I can’t Breathe

By Sarah Wylde

When I started this, it was going to be about self-care during COVID-19 and quarantining. But with what took place on May 25, there was no way I could continue with that post. We need to talk about what happened, what has been happening. So, please listen.

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer when he kneeled on Floyd’s neck and ignored his pleas, “Please, I can’t breathe.” He was pleading for his life, and they knowingly and willingly ignored him! In 8 minutes and 46 seconds, a father, son, brother, friend, and so much more needlessly lost his life because of his skin color. We keep saying, never again. But then it happens again, and again, and again. 

George Floyd

Breonna Taylor

Alton Sterling

Michael Brown

Atatiana Jefferson

Freddie Gray

Tamir Rice

Aiyana Stanley-Jones

Trayvon Martin

There are many many more names of Black men and women who have been killed. 

Sure, there are thoughts and prayers, but as time goes on, they get left behind. If we want to see change, we have to BE the change! Stop saying your anger, heartbreak, and questioning to the TV. Stop thinking that someone else will fix everything. Do something and help. Use your voices, yell it out, “EQUALITY FOR ALL,” “BLACK LIVES MATTER!”

“I challenge all of you to see fear, not as an obstacle, but as a tool for change.”

When Kenidra Woods was 13 years old, she put together her first sit-in at school and led her first protest. She is constantly out there, fighting for equality, fighting to be heard. Using her voice until it hurts day after day for years!!  Follow her on Twitter. Listen to her. Learn from her and all the Black activists that have been yelling through their sweat and tears to be heard so that their blood will no longer flow into the streets.

I fully recognize and understand that I have privilege as a white woman. And I know that talking about white privilege makes a lot of you uncomfortable. All I have to say to that is…Good. Now think about why it does. We have to do better. We have to be better. We need to unlearn the patterns that contribute to systematic racism. 

It is time to ask how we can help.

It is time to listen. 

It is time to learn. 

It is time to use our voices and platforms to speak up.

It is time to keep the conversations going.

It is time to use our/your privilege to take a stand.

It is not time to be silent.

What you can do:

  • Watch Jane Elliot’s video. No one stood up.
  • Contact your cities politicians.
  • Sign petitions
  • Go to blacklivesmatters.carrd.co
  • Donate 
  • Protest
  • Retweet and amplify Black voices
  • If you see racism, say something. Stop it.

#BlackLivesMatter

Until next time, take care of each other.

Sarah Wylde

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