A year ago an unarmed black man had a knee on his neck for 8 minutes and died on camera. He was another example of police brutality and institutional racism within North America. Not just the United States…but the entire Western world, including Canada. George Floyd was his name and people came out to condemn the policeman that did it but some resisted. George Floyd is one of the many reasons Bytown Blog was created.
Black people and specifically black men need a voice, because men like George Floyd receive Police Brutality on a daily basis but never have a voice. Some black men (like George) experience death by the hands of the people hired to protect you. Why not protect each other? Why not speak our truth? Why not advocate our causes? Why not nurture an environment where black people (6% of Canada’s population) can speak freely? Why not create a media company that represents black men in the nation’s capital? Why not?
We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. As we reflect on Mr.Floyd we have to acknowledge the spark he has given Western Society, the mirror he unintentionally showed us. Yes, racism exists, yes police brutality exists, yes systematic racism exists but what are we going to do about it? Build. Build our own and not look back at what was but focus on what is and what WILL happen in the future.
Rest In Power George Floyd, you Changed the world!