“I can’t breathe!” Think about those words. Think. Unfortunately, many black people can’t “breathe” because of the color of their skin and they can’t change what others see. They can’t breathe because they can’t wake up in the morning and be treated the same as me. They can’t breathe because they live in fear when their sons and daughters go out for a drive, a walk, or even run in a park. They can’t breath because the color of their skin makes people turn away and fear them. They can’t breath because too many can’t come home, from a good job, with money to feed their families. They can’t breathe because they are being choked with hatred and bias. They can’t breathe because the justice system has failed them over and over and over again.
Yes, they can’t breathe and not from the boot of one man on George Floyd’s neck. These men were taught to hate George Floyd and others like him. Let’s not cry out for “Law and Order” without crying out for justice. Let’s change. Let them breathe. Let all of us breathe.