Speak Up

No one would have expected 2020 to go the way it’s going. From raging fires to a renowned athlete’s death to a global pandemic, the world was left in shock. Still, there is one uproar that is far more surprising. It’s the racism inherently present in America. In May 2020, the death of George Floyd sparked international protests. Protesters were outraged by the actions of those Minneapolis police officers and demanded justice. Now, three months later, while the protests have calmed down, they are not over. Moreover, the fight to end racism in the US is certainly not over. America is, arguably, the superpower of the world. Yet, we have so many injustices. Namely, people fear for their lives due to their skin color. Now more than ever, stories of innocent black men and women who were killed are being brought to light. These names, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, are now known to the public as innocent people killed unjustly. While it is slightly absurd that issues regarding racism were not over centuries ago, it is good that we are speaking up now. Without our voices, the voices of people from all backgrounds, this matter cannot get solved.We cannot pretend that racism does not exist. If that were true, black people would not fear for their lives when being questioned by a police officer. We cannot hide ourselves from the injustices of the world. America is a good country, yet it is far from perfect. We should not mask these issues for younger generations. Kids in younger generations must be educated on these topics, so they can fight for their future.In a day and age in which social media is huge, we have to use this to our advantage. Petitions, articles, and other sources of education can be shared through Instagram, Twitter, Tik Tok, and all other platforms the younger generation is on. Gen Z can, and has, flourish with this information. We can help fight for what we believe is right and bring about change in this world. We are still young, but with continued efforts, we have the potential to change the world.If anyone sees any injustice, it is only right to report it. Remember that you have the potential to help change the world we live in.

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