Why Your Silence Angers Us

By: Anna Rayford

On May 25, 2020, another unarmed Black man was killed at the hands of a group of people whose sole job is to protect the members of their community. Instead, George Floyd was murdered by a police officer after an employee at a grocery store assumed he had a counterfeit $20 bill. 

Breonna Taylor was shot several times in her own home during a “no-knock warrant” by police officers. Law enforcement entered the apartment forcibly because they assumed that the apartment was connected to two men who were already in police custody. The men lived several miles away from Taylor. None of the officers who had a hand in the murder of Taylor have been arrested.

Ahmaud Arbery died on Feb. 23, 2020, because two white men suspected he was linked to other burglaries in their neighborhood. Why? Because he was Black, to be frank. This cannot be denied especially when Travis McMichael, one of the men who took the life of Arbery, uttered a racial epithet after killing him. 

Our people have been targeted time after time for centuries.

So, why does your silence anger us— your Black friends?

Essentially, you are being complacent in the murders of Black people. You’re not speaking up about the injustices that are happening to a particular race, the same race of your friends. It is hard being Black and living in a country where a lot of people don’t care about you. Does it not enrage you enough to speak out? 

Some people are always active on social media, but when it’s time to speak up about the wrongdoings to Black people in this country it’s radio silence. To us, it feels as if you do not care or maybe it’s that you don’t care enough. Either way, it’s problematic. 

One may argue that posting on social media doesn’t do anything. Wrong. It shows your Black friends that you’re an ally and that you do care about what’s happening to their people. This goes further than one may think. Also, it might get the conversation started about the injustices to black people with your followers. 

And you can keep the fake “wokeness.” If all you did was post a black square on your timeline on Black out Tuesday, but have not signed a single petition, raised awareness of what’s happening in the black community by sharing posts on your social media or even had the uncomfortable conversation with family and friends, you should have left it in the drafts. 

If, for some reason, you cannot understand that the death of George Floyd was racially motivated, at the very least, you should be outraged that a human being was murdered.

And if this article makes you uncomfortable, congratulations, you’re part of the problem. 

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