By: Paishance Welch Dec 6th 2014
February 26th, 2012, Trayvon Martin was killed at 17. August 9th, 2014 Michael Brown was shot down at 18. Eric Garner dies July 17th, at age 43. And let us never to forget, March 3rd, 1991, the brutal beating of Rodney King. Just like we witness today, his arrest sparked the riots in Los Angeles.
It can only be imagined how these events affected the world. Even more so, how will they affect our youth?
One must presume to wonder why is this happening? How can it be stopped? When will it ever be over? And most of all where are the police? It never occurred to them that the police officials are the very ones who robbed these black males of their chances at life. One by one, case by case, officials are walking away with no penalties. One by one a family turns on the news to see their unarmed child lying lifeless on the pavement. One by one justice begins to lose its meaning.
When will blacks matter? When will our youth realize that we are the future and its time to take a stand?
Whether it be protests, demonstrations, boycotts or just simply speaking out; cities, communities, and citizens of America begin to speak up and stand their ground, for they know when right is right, and when wrong is wrong. And as the days go by our youth/young adults share their thougths and opinions more freely.
Jairius Lott, Valdosta, GA
“People were killed, killed by the officers who were sworn to protect them. I am 20 years old and I’m an African American male. It could have been me. I’m not trying to live in fear but i’ts hard when all you can think about is “That could have been me.”
Deja Brown, Atlanta, GA
“I think that each and every one of the situations are unconstitutional. What happened to “We the People?” I Honestly don’t think that the courts are being 100% fair in their verdicts. I feel like there should be an explanation as to how they came up with their decision.”
Jordan Welch, Valdosta, GA
“The police don’t care. Racism definitely is still in existence.”
Its one thing to read about police brutality in the history books, but its another thing to live in the era in which it occurs. It is time to take a stand. It is time to realize that enough is enough. It is simply time to speak up and ask, “What about our youth?”