For decades, black people have faced racism, police brutality, discrimination and have been treated as second-class citizens in their own countries. Solely because some individuals believe that a person’s skin color determines superiority. This photo was taken at a black lives matter protest held in Vancouver this past summer. When the livelihoods of people are at risk, I knew a pandemic couldn’t hold me back from showing my support and solidarity to the black community.
The energy and power at the protest could not be described but only felt. The frustration and anger were clearly visible within the crowd. I truly believe that the black lives movement shifted society and so many had to learn to get comfortable with the uncomfortable in order to feel the pain of the unheard voices.
It is time for society to realize that an individual skin color mustn’t make them inferior to others. Racism doesn’t just show up on its own, it is taught. It blows my mind and breaks my heart that people still don’t get it. It is important to remember that our individual actions directly impact our communities as a whole. So, it is everybody’s responsibility to educate themselves and others on human rights issues.
“Privilege is when you think something is not a problem because you aren’t affected personally.” The first step in eliminating racial discrimination is to recognize and understand your own privilege. With that being said, please take out some time this month to celebrate, amplify and support black lives!