I Can't Breathe: America, when would this end?

Updated: May 29

The killing of black people for no other reason than them being black is still on the rise in the United States. On Monday, a middle-aged African-American man (George Floyd) in Minneapolis, died as a result of a Caucasian police officer kneeling on his neck, for whatever attempt, I am not so sure. As the man was on the floor, he kept on appealing to the law enforcement official who had his knee on his neck to let go, simply for the fact that he could not breathe, but that did not stop the officer. The cohorts of the police officer in question watched as life was being sucked out of his body; the victim was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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This worries me a lot; do we as black people, have no real value because of the color of our skin? Are you as a white person, now better than those who are black? What have we been made to believe? Didn’t Christ create us all in His image? Aren’t we equals?

This could have been me—I am a black person who lived in the US for many years. This could have been my brother; he attended college in Louisiana, where the population is made up of predominantly black people. This could be my friends/family; many of them who are of African descent still reside in the United States. African-American's are afraid of what might happen next; they have to watch their backs whenever they go out; scratch that, they have to watch their backs in their own homes! America, when would this end?

We might think this doesn’t affect us because we live far away in our different countries, but all it takes is just a vacation to the United States, and being at the wrong place, at the wrong time, “mistaken” for a criminal, and that would be the end. It was said that this man did not resist arrest; I doubt that he was even armed. So why was his life taken away from him, and in such a brutal way? As if the world isn’t already dealing with enough, as his family isn’t going through enough already with the pandemic; now this?

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
—Edmund Burke

When we sit around and do nothing about the injustice happening around the world, that is when evil prevails. Racism is deeply rooted in the hearts of many; unfortunately, it has been passed down from generation to generation. If I am asked the question—how can racism be eradicated? My honest answer would be—I do not know. How can one change the mindset of people who are committed to hating a group of people? Unfortunately, it is a disability that we would have to live with forever if issues like this one keep on being swept under the rug.

But change can be made in our little spheres of influence. It was Nelson Mandela who said if people could be taught to hate, then they can also be taught to love because love comes naturally to the human heart than the opposite. In our little spaces, we can teach people how to love by leading by example. With time, that causes a ripple effect, and change would be seen in societies.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.
Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT)

On the heart of God, amid many things is justice. We cannot close our eyes and ears to those suffering just because it has not hit home. God has called us to see that people treated unfairly get the justice that they deserve. What keeps happening in the United States is inhumane. Every human has the right to be treated as a human being— it does not matter their background, religion, personality, nationality, skin color, race, sexuality, education, appearance, and class. We are all God’s children and should be seen as such.

The justice system is so corrupt that often times they cover up for the mishaps of their colleagues; it shouldn’t be so. Right is right, wrong is wrong, no matter who you are. The police officers should be brought to face the music; losing their jobs is a step in the right direction but not the full journey. Justice has to take place. My heart goes out to the families of George Floyd and those who have lost love ones to Police brutality, may the good Lord bring you the comfort, only Him can give.

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About The Author: Evi Idoghor is a Christian, writer, and content creator on Letstalknationblog.com. She is a chemical engineering graduate from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Consumed by her love for writing and desire to effect change, she launched her online platform––Let’s Talk Nation––to tap into her creativity and start meaningful conversations that would make a difference around the world.

Most of her writing has been influenced by her time spent in America, where she lived for about 11 years. Also, she lived in Nigeria and South Korea and currently loves traveling the world while learning about other fascinating cultures. You can find her on all social media platforms with @eviidoghor.

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