SEBASTIAN'S BLOG (WIP)
#9: Black Lives Still Matter
The world moves so fast nowadays that it's nearly impossible to keep up. We're jumping from one major generation-defining event to the next like it's a parkour challenge. Of course, this isn't helped at all by the fact that our president has had (with no exaggeration) hundreds of scandals that would be career-defining for any other president, but are just par for the course right now.
I'm noticing this trend of "moving on from events that aren't newsworthy anymore" continue, and that's especially concerning right now. It was only a few weeks ago that the Black Lives Matter protests across the country began after the death of George Floyd. Now, we're beginning to see less and less news about the protests and police brutality. The media is already beginning to move on.
Over the course of the last few weeks, I would argue that more has been done for racial social justice than has been done within the last decade before that. That is incredible. However, if we let our guard down, then things will just go right back to "normal". We don't want normal. We want change. This is especially problematic if the protests and police brutality continue, yet people turn a blind eye (like has always been the case).
So, what's the solution? Honestly, I'm not sure. As normal people, we can continue to not only protest for black rights and police reform, but also share this with others. Continue to spread the message. Ensure that white people like myself are aware of their privilege, and try to be a part of the solution. Black lives matter. It's wasn't just a temporary slogan. Black lives matter. Still.