We are mad at the killing of Daunte Wright by a police system that seemingly always finds a justification for killing Black Americans. We are mad that in a courtroom just 10 miles away, the character of George Floyd is on trial and not the character of his murderer. We are mad that Black and Brown people cannot go to school or work, pump gas, exercise, enjoy a sunny day, or sleep in their own homes without the threat of White violence. We are mad that our political leaders call for calm, but not justice. And we are mad that for over 400 years, White Americans, even well-intentioned White Americans, have utterly failed to recognize the humanity of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC).
Our nation’s social, cultural, legal, political, and economic systems are breaking under the weight of White Supremacy. The time for platitudes and small ideas is over. We need bold action that centers the voices of Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
We must all work to end police brutality while remembering that it is just one source of White Supremacist violence that plagues this country. We must agitate for social, political, economic, and legal change. And we must support the people working at the community level to stop police violence.