African-American lives have just as much value as anyone else’s does. African-American lives have just as much value as anyone else’s does.
Before I actually understood what the world around me was really like, I was just living my daily life, doing the things that I always do. I woke up, went to school, came home, and did my homework. That was my normal, daily routine. I thought the world was just fine. I never saw anything really happening outside and I never watched the news, so I assumed that everything and everyone was doing okay.
In the past, I wasn’t willing to watch the news because I thought the whole news system in general was nosy and was always looking for a story. I didn’t realize that the media was saving lives by drawing attention to injustice. One day, I had nothing to do, so I decided to focus my attention on whatever my grandparents thought was interesting on TV. They turned on the news, and I saw something that sparked my train of thought. Innocent black lives were being taken by white police officers. That day, my whole world changed.
As I consistently saw similar situations like this happen, I felt incomplete because I felt as if I could have spoken out or I could have done something to help prevent things like this from happening. The youth’s voice is strong, but I kept my voice to myself instead of using it as a weapon against inequality. As a young African-American girl, I should have been more aware of what was going on. I should have cared more about this topic instead of just wandering around like everything was fine, ignoring the fact that people like me were being innocently slaughtered by people that are “higher in power.’’ But I thought, who was going to listen to me? I’m a young girl and no one is going to care about my opinions because I do not have that much power.
Now as I search police brutality against people of color, I see a bunch of news articles and videos about it. I now realize that I’ve been ignorant to the fact that African-Americans such as myself need guidance, strength and support in such crucial situations. I felt as if I’ve been misled by my society, just thinking that everything was fine because of all the cheery, upbeat videos I watched on YouTube. The world is like a person that pretends they’re happy in front of others, but is deeply hurting inside.