This past week, America witnessed a murder in broad daylight perpetrated by a police officer, the very people who are meant to protect us.
We are witnessing protests across the country as people demand justice, equality, and an end to police brutality. They are demanding that George Floyd not be yet another statistic on the long list of 7,500 African Americans who have been killed by the police since 2013.
We are also in the midst of a pandemic that has claimed more than 100,000 lives in the U.S alone and has left millions jobless and facing an uncertain future. The pandemic has also affected people of color in low-income communities the most.
We know all this can be very confusing and scary. However, it is in these times of deep despair that there is an opportunity for growth and change.
It has taken an invisible virus to show us we are all connected, regardless of race, religion, or nationality. The launch of SpaceX last weekend has shown us that when hearts and minds come together, even the impossible is achievable.
The killing of George Floyd is a moral call to all of us that we can no longer turn a blind eye to the racism and injustices in our neighborhoods and cities.
As young readers, you may feel helpless to do much, but there are small steps we can each take. It can begin with recognizing biases within each of us, speaking up when we see injustice, getting educated on issues, and most importantly, respecting and celebrating diversity.
We stand in solidarity with all those who are protesting on the streets and dealing with the grief silently. We hope this is the turning point towards a more hopeful and united future.