In the wake of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis it’s more important now for non-white people to have these hard conversations. George Floyd is only the latest victim of police brutality, we’re only hearing it because it was the last spark and admist pandemic and poor leadership we have the face the reality that there is a deeper virus that has affected the United States of America – Systemic Inequality and Opression of Black people.
If you’re a non-black latino – you need to face the fact that we benefit from white privilege and have always been benefiting. It is our responsibility to address and call in our family and friends that are just coming to this realization and may still help racism move forward.
We will continue to use our platform to uplift black people but as Sylvia point’s it is not black people’s job to educate us. We need to educate ourselves and there is no excuse with the tools available today.
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Transcription below:[00:00:00] This week, I thought it would be appropriate to not publish the video I had scheduled because our country is going through a lot and we need to wake up. Sitting still is not an option. So today I want to give you some context as to what is happening, what most people know as the George Floyd protests and provide you also with a list of resources and six things you can do. [00:00:26] Today, starting from the moment you stop watching this video to help create change and help stop police brutality. We need to have solidarity with the black community and we need to start using our time, money and resources over the next few days, weeks, and months to help heal this nation. I wanted to clarify that this content is primarily for a non-black audience like myself. [00:00:56] Why? Because it is not the black community’s [00:01:00] responsibility to take on the emotional labor of educating people. About 400 years of oppression in the United States. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to educate ourselves. We also cannot tell the black community how they are allowed to react, protest, and feel what is happening right now is precisely because Colin Kaepernick was not allowed to protest police brutality by respectfully and peacefully kneel during the national Anthem. [00:01:41] For that he was almost exiled from the NFL. So here we are, we need these protests protests, our way to make elected officials and those in power, listen to the people. But I [00:02:00] also want to highlight that there are clearly two groups. In these protests right now, there’s the group of people that are protesting against the death of George Floyd, the death of Brianna Taylor, the death of Amman Arbery who died at the hand of two white supremacists who hunted him down and killed him in the middle of the street while he was running. [00:02:23] And then there’s the other group who just looped and riot to create chaos and blame it on movements like black lives matter. Many of those people in the second camp have actually been linked to alt right. And white supremacist groups. Two major things were me about these protests. One is the use of police force against protesters. [00:02:47] Police have been shooting rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray against protesters. And we have seen several documented cases of police shooting at journalists or racially [00:03:00] profiling them and arresting them as they’re documenting what’s going on. And this is an absolute contrast. To the police standing doing nothing. [00:03:13] When, what protestors, many times armed with weapons, protested, demanding that the stand home orders in their state and. That is absolutely ridiculous and infuriating, but it shouldn’t surprise any of us to see this open violence against the black community. The other thing that worries me. About these protests is COVID-19. [00:03:44] We’re still in the middle of a pandemic. Protesters are obviously not keeping social distancing guidelines of standing six feet apart from one another. And many of them are not wearing masks. And as I said, police are using tear gas [00:04:00] and pepper spray against protesters. Two things that make a victim gas for air and cough. [00:04:07] And guess what decades of economic and health inequity make COVID-19 more deadly for the black community than for their white counterparts. Let’s start with the name. Most people are familiar with these days. George Floyd, George Floyd, the black man who died on May 25th, 2020 under police custody. This happened in Minneapolis, Minnesota. [00:04:33] He was handcuffed and was facing down on the floor when a police officer, but his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd pleaded for his life and said to the officer repeatedly that he couldn’t breathe three other officers from the Minneapolis police department. Stood by and didn’t do anything, even though everybody around [00:05:00] them, including the people filming the video. [00:05:02] We’re trying to also plead to the officers to help George Floyd and independent autopsy commissioned by George Floyd’s family determined that his death was a homicide due to a . At the moment of this video, only the officer had put his knee to George Floyd’s neck. Has been arrested and charged. The other three officers have only been fired on March 13th, 2020. [00:05:35] Police killed Brianna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. She was a 26 year old black woman who was also an emergency room technician. The police officers entered her apartment with no knock search warrant and her boyfriend thought. Somebody was breaking in and he fired a shot that hit one of the officers and the other, and three of the officers shot [00:06:00] back and killed Brianna Taylor. [00:06:02] What’s absolutely crazy about this is that the police were actually looking for two men in a completely separate part of the city because they believe that the two men were selling drugs. But the judge signed a search warrant for Brianna Taylor’s apartment because the police believe that one of the men was using her apartment to receive packages. [00:06:24] At the moment of this video, the police officers have only been placed on administrative duty, pending an internal investigation. This happened in March. We are now in June on February 23rd, 2020. Amman. Arbery a young unarmed black man was jogging through a neighborhood in Georgia when he was chased down and shot by two white supremacists. [00:06:55] They were not arrested until 74 days later when the [00:07:00] video of the shooting became public and became viral and there was public outcry. About the mishandling of the case. Now let’s review some important facts about police brutality so that you can understand why movements like black lives matter are so important. [00:07:19] A study by advocacy group mapping, police violence found that 99% of police killings between 2014 and 2019 didn’t result in an officer being charged. Much less convicted of a crime police killings are not only a problem for the black community. They happen across all races and ethnicities, but if you look at the number of killings per million people, a black person is nearly three times more likely to be killed by a police officer than a white person. [00:07:57] And that’s not all a [00:08:00] black person is 1.4 times. More likely to be unarmed in one of these shootings, the no white person, these numbers change significantly depending on where you live. So for example, in Minnesota, black people only account for about 5% of the population, but they are 20% of police shooting victims in Utah. [00:08:22] A little bit over 1% of the population is black, but they account for 10%. Of police shooting victims over the last seven years, there are eight cities in the United States where the rate at which police killed black men is higher than the U S murder rate. And I feel like this needs to be said one more time. [00:08:47] 99% of police killings between 2014 and 2019 did not. Get any police [00:09:00] officer charged much less convicted of a crime. So let’s talk about what actually works to help stop police brutality. And then I’m going to give you things you can actually do to help studies have shown that there are a number of different policies that police departments can adopt to reduce the number of police shootings. [00:09:23] For example. Banning choke holds and strangle holds requiring officers to warn before they shoot requiring officers to intervene. If they see one of their colleagues using excess of force and they have to report it to their superiors immediately requiring officers to report when they use force or they threatened to use force against civilians. [00:09:48] Use of force project identified eight different policies that can be implemented in a fairly simple manner across police departments to reduce police [00:10:00] killings and their studies have shown that police departments that implement four or more of these policies. Had the fewest killings per population and per arrest. [00:10:11] And after taking into account other factors, every time a police department adopted one more of these policies, the police killings were reduced by 15%. So their analysis determined that an average police department, that it implements all eight of these policies. Can reduce police killings by 72%. So let’s get to work. [00:10:36] Here’s where I’m going to give you a list of six different things you can do to help stop police brutality and create change. I have curated a list of these resources and the links to help you find everything you need. On my website, the link is in the description below. Number one, sign petitions to demand justice for the victims. [00:10:59] Number to [00:11:00] text or call local and state authorities to demand justice for the victims pressure, your elected officials, your local elected officials can make the most difference. Number three, donate to the victims to protestors and organizations like black lives matter. Please check my link. There’s even a way to donate. [00:11:25] With no money just by watching a YouTube video that will donate a hundred percent of its ad revenue to black lives matter. Please do not donate to Sean King and do not donate and change.org. When they ask you to donate, to make the petition go further and wider because change.org is a private organization and that money. [00:11:49] Doesn’t go to the victims or to the people who organize the petition. Number four, learn I’ve included a long list of anti [00:12:00] racist resources. That includes articles, books, movies, podcasts, personally. I am reading white fragility by anti-racist educator, Robin de Angelo, and I highly recommend this book. [00:12:16] Number five. Protest. If you want to protest, please do so safely. Please do your research on which protests are the right ones, because unfortunately white supremacist groups are organizing freight protests that could put your life in danger. Also, please make sure you have a face mask to protect yourself from Krone virus and turn off touch ID and. [00:12:44] Face ID on your phone and disable sending their data memorize and write down numbers of emergency contacts. The link will also provide you with a lot of other information on what you wear, what not to take [00:13:00] and other things you should prepare as you go out to protests and number six, vote. I say this in every single one of my videos and elected officials who matter the most in reforming police departments and criminal justice system are at the state and local level. [00:13:21] And they also negotiate collective bargaining agreements with police unions, district attorneys and state attorneys are the ones who ultimately decide if they’re going to charge these police officers with. Misconduct or whatever crime they might’ve committed. Those are all elected positions. And unfortunately, voter turnout for these races is usually very low, especially among young voters. [00:13:49] And these races are determined by a few hundred or a few thousand votes. So there you have it. Sign, text, or call, donate, [00:14:00] learn, protest, and vote. We are going to start creating change and it starts right now. If this content was useful, please share it with others so that we can reach and educate more people. [00:14:14] Garcia’s.