Mareike's Speech

Updated: Jun 11, 2020

I was 9 years old when I had first heard the news of Trayvon Martins death. From a very young age, I began to notice that people who looked like me were being killed at a rapid rate. Growing up in a neighborhood where my mom and I were the only black people living there, I figured out that the people who live near me, couldn’t relate to the struggles that black community go through everyday. The oppression of black people has a deeply rooted history in this country. This isn’t just a political issue but an issue with the foundation of America. People often do not want to speak about black people being killed by police because it makes them uncomfortable. The reality is this, black lives being taken should make you uncomfortable. But it should also make you cry, it should make you angry and it should make you want change. When we look at statistics of police brutality, we see that although black people make up only 13% of the population, they were 24% of those being killed by police. It should be clear that there is an issue with this system. No longer should black people live in fear of being shot by a police officer. How many more lives have to be lost for there to be a real change? Our actions need to stop being reactive. We have to be proactive. Let’s use our privileges for good and make a change. Donate to causes supporting Black Lives Matter, signing petitions that call for the arrest of police officers who have taken black lives and let’s understand and acknowledge the struggles and oppression that exists among black people. Let’s try to understand the reasoning and need for protesting. Listen to us and hear our call for action.

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