Before I start, I want to say this. I normally try to avoid writing about things like protests and big movements going on in the world. I created this blog to be about entertainment and the things that I enjoy. However, I can’t do that this time. Not when I see the world speaking out against injustice and racism.
We all know what happened on Memorial Day, 2020. We’ve seen the photo’s or the video on the death of George Floyd. How Derek Chauvin held his knee to the man’s neck even as George Floyd said “I can’t breathe,” until he stopped moving. And how none of the other officers who were there tried to step in and say “dammit, stop!”
And the worst part to all this? George Floyd was just the latest in a long line of African-Americans, people, who died uncessesary deaths at the hands of the police. Trayvon Martin. Freddie Gray, and more recently, Breonna Taylor. I don’t know what sickens me more. The fact that so many people died in ways that could have been prevented. Or the fact that it happens so frequently, that I almost felt dulled to the sad news.
Not this time. This time is different.
I’ve watched as tens of thousands of people, not just in the United States, but across the world, have taken to the streets. Everyone from ordinary people to celebrities and politicians speaking out against racism. Then, I saw Nickelodeon do this.
Then this past Saturday, Toonami did the same thing:
Nickelodeon was my childhood growing up. To the best of my knowledge, they’ve never had to speak out against this stuff. If Nickelodeon, a network dedicated to kids, decides to speak out about what’s going on, then I think the message is clear: NO. MORE.
I’m a white, cisgendered male who grew up in a nice home with a loving family. I’ve never had the misfortune of seeing racism occur before my eyes. But if there’s one thing that I hate more than anything in the world, it’s racism. The idea of hating an entire group because of the color of their skin is the height of stupidity, and something I can’t stand. So, I stand here to say this: NO MORE. I stand against racism; it has to end. We need to finish what the Civil Rights Movement started.
Several of my fellow bloggers, Pop Culture Uncovered, Nerds of Color, The Game of Nerds, and the Nerdd have all spoken out against racism. Now I want to stand with them. If you want to show your support for the protestors, then check out these links. Donate your money and help make sure that this conversation about racism doesn’t go away anytime soon. Enough is enough.