«Racism and Black Lives Matter» by Juan Sols Sierra – Letters from the readers in La Nueva Espaa

Racism is an ever-present issue in our society, but it has made headlines again lately due to all the BLM demonstrations in America. And people should realize that we should only care about one race, the human race, to which we all belong, and we have to stop discriminating against people because of their skin color.

Many people think, from what is shown in the news, that anti-racist demonstrations are violent. However, according to The Washington Post, since George Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, there have been more than 7,750 demonstrations, of which 93% were peaceful. On the other hand, some policemen do know that they are violent. There we have the case of Trayvon Martin, a young man of color living in the US He was 17 years old. One day, when he was approaching his father’s house, he was killed by a white policeman. The vigilante claimed he fired in self-defense, but all Martin had was cash, candy, and an iced tea. Like this, there are plenty more cases in the United States of murder or violence to minors by policemen. Personally, I don’t usually watch the news, but a few weeks ago I was watching the television when I saw the news that a black girl of about 10 or 11 years old, who was looking for her father, began to be chased by a police without any warning. reason.

The only one tired was me, tired of giving in. This phrase was spoken by the first lady of the US civil rights movement, Rosa Parks, who was also African-American. Or as the poet William Faulkner said: Living anywhere in the world today and being against equality because of race or color is like living in Alaska and being against the snow. Although the Black Lives Matter was created much earlier, the death of George Floyd was like the Big Bang of this movement so important for today’s society.

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Due to racism, many brutalities and injustices are committed, such as those already mentioned above. And it is something that we should eliminate from society. A good way to do this is by educating children when they are young. Telling them that we are all the same or that our skin tone does not make us a worse or a better person. Another way would be to avoid generalizations, as all blacks are thieves, which, unfortunately, are quite present in our society.

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