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Black Lives Matter

Loren Madnack
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We’ve all witnessed the fallout from the murder of George Floyd. Protesters across America and around the world have come together to take a stand against racism. And whether you’re part of the protests or not, we all have a role to play in the solution.

I’m still learning and trying to understand what I can do to help drive change, as I’m sure many of you are too. This article was not intended to cause offence, which I hope it doesn’t, but this is my view…

Eight Minutes, 46 Seconds

Eight minutes, 46 seconds. That’s how long George Floyd had his neck under the knee of a white police officer. That’s how long he was pinned to the ground, which had him pleading, “I can’t breathe,” until he died.

Can you imagine being pinned, face-down by three police officers for that long? Can you imagine the fear that made him cry out for his mother?

Floyd wasn’t the first black American to suffer this injustice. So many black Americans have lost their lives and the lives of loved ones to racism.

Racism has always existed, but Floyd’s murder called our attention to it. It was the catalyst that woke us up from our sleep of ignorance, just like Rosa Parks and Emmet Till did in the 1950’s.

But don’t all lives matter?

This is a controversial statement. I’ve seen many people use this on social media lately, and yes, all lives do matter.

However, black lives are currently the most vulnerable to injustices because of their race. An issue that’s in dire need of attention and change. BLM is not a movement that diminishes the significance of other lives, but rather calls for unity.

White Privilege

The term ‘white privilege’ tends to offend many, but this doesn’t mean that white people haven’t suffered through difficulties. It simply means that these difficulties are not caused by race.

White people have the ‘privilege’ of not having to worry about their skin colour and not having anxiety every time a police car passes by; data by Mapping Police Violence in 2019 showed that Black Americans were 3 times more likely to die from a police encounter than White Americans.

“I’m Not Racist”

One thing to take from all of this, is that it isn’t enough to say or think ‘but, I’m not racist.’ Know that racism is not only physical violence, it starts with a thought and grows with ignorance. Many of us have done this, as a way of washing our conscience when we see acts of violence against black people, in a way to justify our inaction.

Instead of being inactively ‘not racist’ we must be actively anti-racist and there are many peaceful ways to do this.

Ways You Can help

Here are some of the ways you can help:

  • Learn more about BLM.
  • Acknowledge thoughts that may be borderline racist.
  • Speak up when you see friends or family members display any forms of racism.
  • Donate and sign petitions if you can.

You can learn more about how to help at: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co

Be part of the change

This time we cannot turn away again. We learn about the Black Civil Rights movement in school and in a few years, students will be learning about the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s a never-ending struggle.

Racism may never go away completely. But, we can all help to drive progress; George Floyd’s death is a tragedy that wrought the whole world and sparked the demand for change.

The black lives matter movement has united people from all races and religions through peaceful protests, paving the way for us to not only be better than what we were before, but to get closer to where we need to be.


The Black Lives Matter Movement is an extremely important and personal issue for many of us in the OpinionPanel team and at our sister company YouthSight. We will be setting up our own initiatives on how we as a company can help the cause.

If you’d like to read more about the ways that you can help we also recommend reading this article from NME, which provides guidance on how you can protest peacefully and safetly, along with links to how you can offer financial support:

How to support Black Lives Matter and anti-racist organisations if you can’t protest

If you’d like to share your opinion on this topic or any other topic, you can submit your article to: editor@youthsight.com

The author of this article, Loren Madnack, also has an eBook available with tips and advice on how you can study more effectively. Check it out here.

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  1. rick .P

    An amazing article! Well said ! : )

  2. Loren.M

    @M.Chicheley in response to your answer, I would like to say that I’m disappointed to see that my article did not come through to you in any way. You say “there are clearly far more innocent people being killed” and this reasoning astounds me, please do not compare murders to make one seem less significant than the other. You claim you never said Floyd should die, but you are saying that he deserves more to die than the ‘more innocent’ as you put it. Moreover, this may seem like “fuss” to you, but I assure you it isn’t for the countless black people who constantly live in fear and trauma. Your argument is purely based on “All lives Matter” and yes they do, but that doesn’t mean we should stay idle when injustice is being done simply because there are other crimes present. I’d urge you to educate yourself more on the black movement and know that no person, black or white, should face what George Floyd did. Lastly, by all means, instead of wondering why there isn’t one, please start a movement about the events you’ve listed, as you know it takes one person to start a movement. Thank you.

  3. M. Chicheley

    @Ell. I never said George Floyd deserved to die. The police did act wrongly, but it is important to look at both sides of the story. As to racism in public services across the world, lets take the case of the American Police, seeing it is current. They kill proportionately more white people than black people, yet no fuss is made in the world media about this. Also, on Father’s Weekend in Chicago, there were 104 (one hundred and four) people shot. Fourteen of them died, including five minors. One of these was a three year old boy. No matter what George Floyd’s innocence may have been, there are clearly far more innocent people being killed (or murdered, seeing that is your word of choice) every day, and yet why is no fuss being made about this? I’m genuinely interested.

  4. Ell.

    @M.Chicheley George Floyd may have used counterfeit money, but he was not violent, and he didn’t resist arrest, and yet Derek Chauvin still kneeled on his neck for over 8 minutes and murdered him. Just because he was being arrested doesn’t mean that he deserved to die, and just because he served time in prison doesn’t mean that he deserved to die. You have placed your focus on completely the wrong part of this story. Instead of being so invested in George Floyd’s past and the things he has previously done wrong, maybe redirect your attention to the police officers that murdered him for no reason, and the systematic racism that is seen in public services across the world.

  5. M. Chicheley

    I’m not saying that George Floyd deserved to die, or that the police acted rightly, but everyone should remember that he was being arrested for using counterfeit money, and that he had served a prison term for a particularly repugnant armed robbery involving an attack on a pregnant woman in the past.