Samara O'Shea

Archive for May, 2020

I See You. I Hear You.

Sunday, May 31st, 2020

“To the rioters here in Atlanta and across the country: I see you, and I hear you. I know your pain, your rage, your sense of despair and hopelessness. Justice has, indeed, been denied for far too long. Rioting, looting, and burning is not the way. Organize. Demonstrate. Sit-in. Stand-up. Vote. Be constructive, not destructive. History has proven time and again that non-violent, peaceful protest is the way to achieve the justice and equality that we all deserve. Our work won’t be easy — nothing worth having ever is — but I strongly believe, as Dr. King once said, that while the arc of the moral universe is long, it bends toward justice.”

~ Congressman John Lewis

I Can’t Breath

Friday, May 29th, 2020

On December 3, 2014, I posted the below on FB when I found out there would be no indictment for the officer who put Eric Garner in a choke hold. Six years later and NOTHING has changed. Replace the words “selling loose cigarettes” with “forgery” and “Eric Garner” with “George Floyd” and you have hearts that are endlessly broken and a justice system in desperate need of repair.

“My heart hurts. Unlike the Michael Brown case, this incident was taped and unbearable to watch. There is no ambiguity here. The police officer killed a man for selling loose cigarettes. I feel so helpless right now. My thoughts are with Eric Garner’s family and our broken system.”

WAIT! I just saw that Derek Chauvin, the officer who suffocated George Floyd, has been taken into custody. No charges announced yet. Is it possible? Could it be? Justice, are you there?