A White Male’s Thoughts On the Killing of George Floyd

I am horrified and outraged by the killing of George Floyd.

George Floyd, along with the countless other black members of our country who have been, and continue to be, wrongfully oppressed, hurt, and even killed in broad daylight, was our brother.

My heart breaks for him, his community, and at the state of my country.

As a white male, I enjoy enormous privilege here in the United States (and most of the world). I’m learning what it means to be not just “not-racist,” but actively “anti-racist.” And as a white male, I want to break my silence in what small ways I can.

What that police officer did was unequivocally wrong, unjust, and horrifying. He, and others like him, must be brought to justice. This is not OK. This behavior by the members of the police committing these crimes is completely unacceptable, and we will not stand for it.

To my brothers and sisters of the black community, I see you and hear your voices. I feel the pain, in the limited way I can, of the oppression of your people.

To my brothers and sisters of the white community, I encourage you to break your silence and tell your communities that you also find this oppression and treatment of black people wholly unacceptable, and to help others with the unique privilege and access we enjoy every day.

How You Can Help

There are many specific ways you can help.

For one, consider donating to a charity or organization (this list was referred to me, which I found very helpful). Donating helps important causes get the people and resources they need to make real, lasting change in our communities.

Next, consider going on a march or protest in your area. I know many of us are worried about the current pandemic, and being in large crowds might seem scary. Still, there are many forms of peaceful protest that can help; there are cycling protests, driving protests, and other forms of protest that help you maintain social distancing.

Finally, you can talk to people in your community about your views and beliefs, having real conversations with people who still need answers. It’s hard — I have many friends who don’t believe what I believe, but speaking the truth with love and compassion may be the only way some people will ever consider new views.

Please comment below with any other insights you’d like others to know.

Thank you.