George Floyd, along with the countless other black members around the world, who have been, and continue to be, wrongfully oppressed, hurt, and even killed in broad daylight, was our brother.
My heart breaks for him, his family and the community, and at the current state of the United states in 2020.
As a white Irish female, I enjoy enormous privilege here in the Republic of Ireland (and most of the world when I travel including the United States). I’m learning what it means to be not just “not-racist,” but actively “anti-racist.” And as a white Irish female, I want to break my silence in what small ways I can.
Although, I do not represent nor do I speak for the entire Irish Republic but I can honestly share the feeling of my fellow Irish based on the uproar and support I saw among the Irish people in the past few days since the awful incident of George Floyd that took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota and became the main stream news on social media.
What that police officer (Derek Chauvin) did was unequivocally wrong, unjust, and horrifying. He, and others like him, must be brought to justice. This is NOT ok!
This behavior by the members of the police committing these crimes is completely unacceptable, and we as people, regardless of the skin colour will NOT stand for it.
To my brothers and sisters of the black community, we see you and hear your voices in Ireland and around the world. We feel the pain, in the limited way we can, of the oppression of your people.
To my brothers and sisters of the white community in Ireland and around the world, I encourage you to break your silence and tell your communities that you also find this oppression and treatment of black people wholly unacceptable, and to help others with the unique privilege and access we enjoy every day.
Protests in Ireland over the unjust murder of George Floyd!
“For it isn’t enough to talk about peace.
One must believe in it.
And it isn’t enough to believe in it.
One must work at it.”