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Alice Boswell

Again, We Can't Breathe

Please stop acting like this is something new. It's not. We have had people stepping on our necks for hundreds of years. And just because it's a new century, doesn't mean things have changed. 

Say his name.

Emmett Louis Till was a 14-year-old African American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman in her family's grocery store. The brutality of his murder and the fact that his killers were acquitted drew attention to the long history of violent persecution of African Americans in the United States.

We are tired of being profiled, overlooked, not treated fairly. At what time will you hear us? When will society look at us as equals?

Say his name.

On February 23, 2020, Ahmaud Marquez Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old African-American man, was fatally shot on a street in Satilla Shores, a neighborhood near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia. Arbery had been pursued and confronted by two white residents, Travis McMichael and his father Gregory, who were armed and driving a pickup truck. The event was recorded on video by a third Satilla Shores resident, William "Roddie" Bryan, who was following Arbery in a second vehicle.

Fact. The chains came off in 1865.

Fact. The chains are more prevalent now. Just unseen.

Say his name.

The death of George Floyd, an African-American man, occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; 2 minutes and 53 seconds of which occurred after Floyd became unresponsive, according to the criminal complaint filed against Chauvin. Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on the road, while Chauvin had his knee on his neck. The three other arresting officers were identified as Thomas K. Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng. Officer Kueng held Floyd’s back while Lane held his legs, and Thao stood nearby and looked on. The four officers were fired the next day, while Chauvin was arrested.

Everyone deserves to live in a safe and quality community despite social, economic status. Lack of investment in schools, hospitals, jobs, and other forms of financial needs is immoral and a violation of fundamental human rights to thrive.

Say her name.

On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old American emergency medical technician, was shot eight times by Louisville Metro Police Department officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove who entered her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, United States while serving a "no-knock warrant".​

The investigation was supposedly centered around a "trap house" over 10 miles (16 km) away from the residence of the victim and the two people that police believed were distributing controlled substances.

Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, allegedly discharged his firearm first, injuring a law enforcement officer. Walker's lawyer stated that Walker thought that someone was entering the residence illegally, and that Walker acted only in self-defense. Walker faced criminal charges of first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer. Walker was released from jail due to coronavirus concerns, which drew criticism from Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad. In late May 2020, Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine moved to dismiss all charges against Walker. The case could be presented to a grand jury again after reviewing the results of investigations by the FBI and Kentucky Attorney General’s Office. He dropped the charges because the officers never mentioned her name to the grand jury or the fact that they shot her. Walker's close friends said that his job was to protect Breonna at any cost





We need to come together and educate our children, re-build our communities, open businesses to hire our own. It will not happen overnight, but it can happen. We need to come together and make a plan for the success of Black Communities and future generations. So, we can breathe.

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