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Pain. Change.

Updated: Dec 27, 2022

There is this thing in the air and to pin point it would be very difficult. A change is coming and justice may finally be given to the Black Community. At first I did not know how to put the right words together for what is going on in society at this time. I did not want to say the wrong things, and just because I am Black does not necessarily mean everything I say at this time will connect to my brother or sister.

We are hurting and I feel even if we do get justice, that it will be a start yet it wont be the end. It was Breonna Taylor's birthday yesterday. I sat and I thought for a while. I tried to wrap my head around a 26-year-old, that was supposed to be a 27-year-old yesterday, not being able to live out the rest of what could have been a wonderful life. She will never be able to have or do the things every woman dreams of. I cry as I type this. George Floyd won't ever get to see his 6-year-old daughter grow up. It is a domino effect every time a life is taken.

So easily that could have been me. I am young, Black, and educated, no different than Breonna was. I am afraid. I am afraid to get pulled over. I am afraid to say the wrong thing. I am afraid that if I stare at a cop to long, I could become suspicious. Why? My ancestors fought for me to be free and it seems to mean nothing to many, especially because we built this country.

George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Oscar Grant, Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, should I go on? It hurts. I did not realize how much it hurt until I started typing this. Fear is a dangerous thing and anger is even more dangerous. The protests have been doing more than I think anyone would have thought. This is the most this country has been united in a very long time, and this includes some places overseas. We will make a change. I am praying that no more lives have to be taken because of someone's ignorance.

Black is beautiful. I do not understand how many can't see that. Black comes in so many shades, and the color comes with so much fight and power mixed within its pigment.

I will do something to help make sure that my shades are seen throughout this American flag. Everyone has their way of keeping the movement going. Making sure our shades are seen throughout the whole country. So protest, donate, write, post, share, talk, do something productive. Do not let this time fade away and then another innocent Black life is taken. It is time to make a change. It is time for actual change. Join or get left behind.

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