Shining a Light on the Devastating Effects of Racism

Racism is a form of prejudice, discrimination against someone of a different race, based upon the belief that one’s own race is more superior.

This is an epidemic that has been going on for decades. It will only get worse instead of better. 

As humans, we need to take accountability and continue to speak up and be the voice of reason. 

This won’t change if we don’t stand up and take responsibility and action against this horrific act called racism. 

We need to raise awareness and have conversations that may be uncomfortable. 

We need to move forward and move in the right direction. 

Bring forth justice and equality for all.

Basic and fundamental rights in which we take for granted, others may not have those basic rights or freedoms. 

I am a runner, and I can’t imagine being scared to run because of race and getting shot for no apparent reason, nor should there be a reason for the shooting.

Ahmaud Arbey was simply jogging in a Georgia neighborhood in February of 2020. 

He was confronted and shot to death by two men. 

How could this happen? 

How do people continue to hurt others? 

Ahmaud just wanted to run and get his daily jog in, just like I do. 

When will this hatred and violence end?

In 1989 a group of young boys was having a good time sharing some laughs and bonding in Central Park, New York. 

They were as young as 14 and got taken into custody and accused of a crime they didn’t commit. 

That day their freedom and their lives got turned upside down in a blink of an eye. 

Steve Lopez, Antron McCracy, Kevin Richardson, Yousef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise were all sent to jail for years. 

They missed out on moments we sometimes take for granted. 

They didn’t get to cross the street, let alone go to school, missing out on prom, graduation, and celebrations with family and friends. 

They will never get those moments back. 

Korey Wise got split up from the others and taken to the most horrific jail in the country Rikers Prison, spending 14 years of his life behind bars, with several months of that time in solitary confinement.

Each one of these individuals suffered tremendously from PTSD, anxiety, and depression. 

The stuff they see in prison and the racism they faced during prison just doesn’t go away. 

It is a permit and lasting scar.

Kalief Browder was African American living in the Bronx, and in the spring of 2010, his life would change forever.

Kalief was 16 at the time when he was arrested and charged as an adult. 

Kalief was sent to Rikers prison, where the guards would watch as other prisoners beat on him. 

I fell sick just writing that or thinking about it. 

I couldn’t imagine being in his shoes and facing some horrific days, months, and years. 

Kalief spent a total of 961 days in prison for being accused of stealing a backpack. 

Then after 961 days, he was released without so much as an explanation.

Following his release from prison, he was doing interviews and standing up, and taking action against the horrific injustices. 

Soon after, he was found in his room as he had hung himself. 

The flashbacks from the PTSD were just too much, and his life sadly ended as a result. 

Then we have the latest cause of George Floyd. 

When is enough going to be enough? 

This can’t keep happening. 

That is someone’s son, daughter, cousin, aunt, uncle, brother, and sister. These are young people’s lives. 

Every life matters. 

Let’s stand up and say together we will be the voice of change.


Youtube Resources:
Ahmaud Arbery -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxH5EaTXR80

Central Park Five- When they see us Documentary on NetFlix -       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHbOt2M8md0

Central Park Five On Oprah Winfrey
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18UZO9UmCPg

Kalief Browder -
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kv6gSl4JcFA

TIME: The Kalief Browder Story Trailer: On Netflix       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri73Dkttxj8