IN ORDER FOR ALL LIVES TO MATTER, BLACK LIVES MUST MATTER

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Ana Isabel Amado

June 23, 2020

My name is Ana Isabel Amado, I am white, I am privileged and there lies the problem.

My problem is not being white, my problem is that because of that, I am privileged. As much as we would like to think that “all lives matter” is a movement that we should promote at the moment, it is a reality that in this society “not all lives are treated equally”. What does this mean? That today's society puts people's lives in a balance. The whites at the top with all benefits, rights, privileges and freedoms, and at the bottom it places blacks and minority groups. Unfortunately, this bottom part is a battered, rejected part, with few privileges and that struggles day by day to have decent opportunities.

"As much as we would like to think that 'all lives matter' is a movement that we should promote at the moment, it is a reality that in this society  not all lives are treated equally'."

We must be clear, this issue does not appear with the unjust death of George Floyd, it is true that his death was followed by a large number of events, but racism and thoughts of racial superiority have been here for a long time in the United States , in Panama, in Spain and all around the world. Racial injustice is pitifully part of our system, it is part of our day to day and part of our society. It affects us all, even if you are white, black, Asian, indigenous, Latino. Injustice is, and always will be, injustice, and whoever allows himself to live with it, belongs nothing more and nothing less than to the group that promotes it.

"Injustice is, and always will be, injustice, and whoever allows himself to live with it, belongs nothing more and nothing less than to the group that promotes it."

As much as people would like to think that we are different, it is a reality that there is not ONE thing that differentiates us, apart from our privileges and the color of our skin. There is no work, job or action that a white person can do and a Black person or someone from a minority group cannot. And as much as this is true, society still doesn't accept it.

There is no work, job or action that a white person can do and a Black person or someone from a minority group cannot.

1. Did you know that 88% of people detained in the United States are black?

2. Did you know that 70% of these arrests are found innocent?

3. Did you know that the sentences of people of color are 19.1% longer than the sentences given to a white person for the same crime?

4. Did you know that 15.8% of students of color suffer from racial harassment in their schools?

5. If you read all this and you still can't find what is wrong, then you are what is wrong. The change begins with you.

Educate yourself, donate, sign petitions, SUPPORT!

“I understand that I will never understand. However, I stand”

 

#BlackLivesMatter

#ICan'tBreathe