Let’s Get Real: Black Lives Matter

Hey girl hey. And boy.

Eight minutes and fourty-six seconds later, George Floyd became the turning point of racial justice in the United States and the rest of the world. This past week was overwhelming. Hundreds of conversations sparked up in our family and every news article was filled with the news of protesting and black lives taken away in late May at the hands of police brutality.

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From what I’ve read and grasped, 46 year old George Floyd was reported to have used a fake $20 bill at the local variety store and was arrested by police shortly after. Though there was a controversy over whether or not Floyd resisted, police officers pinned him to the ground and one of them pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. I have watched the video and throughout, Floyd suffered, told the officer that his body ached and that he couldn’t breathe several times. I can’t tell you what went on in the officer’s heart but he didn’t release until it was too late. Forcing Floyd’s face into the ground, this became a clear symbol of oppression, white supremacy and injustice. The officer took this man’s life for a twenty dollar bill. An officer who is supposed to save lives. And everyone is enraged.

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Protests broke out all over America and even around the world. In the middle of the pandemic. Police stations and cars are being lit on fire and it has caused havoc on the streets. Protestors are being arrested and pepper sprayed and many are injured. Now I am all for peaceful protesting and standing up for protests, but I will draw the line here when I say that killing innocent police officers because some of them are horrible is an issue. Assuming that ALL police officers or just that ALL from any group is bad and deserves death because of a minority of their actions is just adding to the problem.

people gathering in front of bonfire during night timeRacism will not be solved with violence. Racism will not be solved by silencing white people and always calling them privileged. Racism will not be solved by belittling ANYone. Racism will only be solved through education because once we start to internalize our assumptions of a certain group, it is only then that we will feel ourselves threatened and in a state of fear. Racism will only be solved through standing up. And peacefully doing so. Let us not be deluded as to think that if we saw the death of Floyd occurring before our eyes, that we would have definitely done something to stop it. You don’t know what you would have done before the whole world was on your side. So racism will only be solved once we learn to stand up for justice even when the whole world is silent.

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My close friend is African-Canadian and we have been talking about this issue for a while. Because I’m not black myself, I asked her to send me voice notes if she wanted to add anything to the post and I paraphrased it below:

“Let’s start by addressing the first issue which is police brutality. I think that many ethnicities face police brutality on a daily basis and that it needs to be stopped immediately. And I think people shouldn’t be fearing their lives taken away just because of the colour of their skin. A couple days ago, one of the senators who was black was arrested because of his race at the protest.

When it comes to Floyd, I see him as a good man. I feel like he could be my uncle. He was so kind to the people around him and it’s so sick to see that some people get to have their normal lunches after just murdering someone and black people are killed on the streets without a jury, lawyer..etc for acts it is unsure they even committed. It’s absolutely disgusting. How can people just stand there? But I also see that their lives could be at risk so I see where they’re coming from.

So now, what do I think about the result? So he was given manslaughter instead of first or second degree murder and I’m not mad at it because if they couldn’t find the evidence for first degree, it might be a lost cause or given a lesser time in jail.

About the protests – I’ve been seeing a lot of posts saying “Looting? How do you think Europeans got everything that they stole from Africa?” but truthfully, I think protests are needed and that if someone is violent towards you, you have a right to violent towards them and not be silent for your oppression. But for those riots, I don’t have an opinion because I understand both point of views. People are always like “black lives matter” but how are you saying “black lives matter” when you go the store and burning it to the ground when it’s owned by a black man? And it’s crazy to see to see how people want to stand up for other lives but not this one. They even burnt down a house with a kid in it!

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What I mean is that the media has one portrayal. It’s either that the police is being violent towards protestors or protestors being violent towards the police. If you want to stand up for justice, stand up for it but don’t go around burning people’s homes and buildings. No matter what race, anyone can be going through oppression without you knowing. You know what’s right and wrong. This could be someone’s life savings that you burnt. It’s disgusting that some people support the violence.

Volunteers on Saturday helped clean up businesses that had been destroyed during a fourth night of protests in Minneapolis.

I’ve even seen people lose eyes because of rubber bullets. I’ll never forget this white guy who lost his eye at the protest and so many people lost nerve function. You can see people covered with hundreds of bruises. Police officers would start some of these riots and some protesters are stealing because they’re denied access to buying milk at Target.

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I stand up for justice but for EVERYONE’s justice. And if you don’t acknowledge that, then you’re ignorant.

There is violence on both sides. There is injustice on both sides.

Attend a protest if you can but if a riot breaks out, go home. Safety first. Justice needs to be stood for every day, not just once.”


SIS PREAAACH. All acts of injustice are wrong. And it would be impossible to deny that so many black lives were taken for crimes they didn’t commit. This is wrong. And it needs to change. But it starts with us internalizing the following things:

  • hypocrisy has no place in justice
  • we should seek education before assuming or internalizing what we are told about a certain group
  • we are all human beings who deserve to breathe
  • let this momentum for justice over one human life last and not numb us when we hear of lives being taken by the millions in crisis around the world
  • let us realize that power will not lie by oppressors if we choose to not submit to them
  • a person’s colour should have no contribution to the measure of their safety
  • a bystander to harm is equivalent to the one doing harm

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I want to wrap up this post with a few hadiths (prophetic sayings) and Quran verses that speak on the issue of racism and oppression as I always mention them in my Let’s Get Real posts.

Hadiths:

“Allah the Exalted said: ‘O my servants, I have forbidden oppression for myself and I have made it forbidden among you, so do not oppress one another.'” – Hadith Qudsi (sahih Muslim 2577)

“Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, even if he is an unbeliever, for there is no barrier between it and Allah.”” (sahih Musnad Ahmad 12140)

“O People! Certainly your Lord is one, your father is one [implying prophet Adam]. An Arab has no virtue over a Non Arab, nor does a Non Arab have virtue over an Arab, a red skinned person [how Arabs described white skin] is not more virtuous than a dark skinned person nor is a dark skinned person more virtuous than a red skinned person except through Taqwa (piety).”

And the whole point is that no one knows what’s in another’s heart of piety and God-consciousness so you should never feel more virtous or superior to anyone – full stop. No life matters if one of them doesn’t.

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Quran

‘O Mankind! We created you from a single pair of a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes so that you may get to know each other. Surely, the noblest among you in sight of Allah is the most righteous. Allah is All-Knowledgeable, All-Aware [Surah Al Hujurat, Verse: 13]’

Racial superiority has ZERO space in Islam and I’m super proud of everyone, Muslim and non Muslim, who is standing up for justice in spite of these tough times.

My family and I are standing with you.

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Anddd that’s all for today.

So sign those petitions, attend a peaceful protest, donate if you can but what’s most important is that you take this as a rule to stand up for any injustice you witness from now on – be it at home, at school, online..etc. I hope that I am given the strength to do what is right first and foremost.

Please feel free to share any thoughts you may have in the comments

I’ll see you in my next post.

Bayyy. 💞

27 thoughts on “Let’s Get Real: Black Lives Matter

  1. BriN says:

    Oh my gosh you live in the US, I almost forgot! Must be really a bad time, all this having to happen during this pandemic, at a time when we’re all supposed to be standing together! So disheartening.

    I’ve been trying to distance myself from news about the protest because it makes me want to cry. And aaahh I honestly could. Not. Finish watching the video. It was so upsetting but over here, we thought Floyd had printed the notes?!! Oh gosh, the fact that he only used them at a store was a revelation to me and even more upsetting tbh.

    It’s high time really that we all spoke about this though😔😔 I’m happy you wrote this.❤

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    • Bayance says:

      I actually live in Canada but it’s a big topic of discussion here and protests are breaking out (though not violent ones) for police brutality in Toronto. And ahh that’s so true!! Augh it really was! Honestly it’s still unsure but I did hear a lot of people say he may not have even known that it was fake. Even then, counterfeit money results in usually 3 but maximum 20 years in jail but instead it was a death sentence by a police officer who is not in a place to judge the situation.

      Thank you so much for reading! The fact that you’re reading these posts shows how much you care and that is so appreciated!! ❤

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  2. Amber says:

    I don’t want to say Bay, everything I could say is just here. I can imagine living where this is happening must be tough, where I live this awful racism doesn’t exist to the same extent but I am honestly disgusted at that police officer. How can he live with himself?! The guilt would eat me away from the inside. He used a fake 20 dollar ill, there are people killing other people and they don’t even get life in prison, I feel the justice system just needs a slap to reality sometimes.
    Thank you so much for this eye opening post Bay, I agree that the protests should be non-violent as some of the things I’m seeing are awful, we can’t suddenly label all police officers for this, its unfair. This must have been tough to write, you literally put everything I was thinking and feeling into one post, I couldn’t have said it better myself 💕

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    • Bayance says:

      Ahh thank you so much for reading. I live in Canada so thank God police are fairly friendly here but I was literally thinking the same! It really does!! Thank you so much again and it really was because I didn’t want to come off as a “all lives matter – people are unfair to police” because of how sensitive this topic is but I also didn’t feel it was right that protesters are burning down homes and businesses that have nothing to do with the situation. Ah thanks so much – this means a lot coming from the writing queen herself. ❤ Thanks so much for reading and caring about this issue!

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      • Amber says:

        Of course Bay, that’s good!! I’ve heard a lot about people being afraid of the police and it’s so twisted when the police are there to protect us!! No worries at all, no I think you brought up a really good point and I don’t think it was offensive at all, I do not agree at all with people using this as an excuse to be violence, it feels like people will jump at the chance to do so lately. Awh!! Of course blogging has really helped me to understand the issue more deeply with everyone’s stories, I’m so thankful for this wonderful community 🙂

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  3. Jo says:

    bay, this this this this. thank you for writing this. what you said won’t just apply to our current situation but is truth for the lifetimes. there is no room for hate anymore and there is no space to be silent. we must choose to love, we must choose to educate ourselves, we must choose to stand up against oppression. so glad to be reading this from you ❤

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  4. infinitelyadaydreamer says:

    Thank you for sharing such an important post. You’ve touched on lost of significant points here. Things I’ve either wanted to say or have been trying to. I liked what you said about doing right even when the world is silent and you aren’t back by many people. It is vital we find the courage and humanity within ourselves to do good always.

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  5. It's Yusra Patni says:

    I’m really glad you decided to share such a deep and important thought because honestly it’s what the world needs to hear. This makes me so sick and I can’t believe how casually the lives of black people are being take just because of their skin color. I enjoyed reading this. Thanks!

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  6. Author_Joanne_Reed says:

    Great post straight from the heart! Discussing racial issues is tricky because it is such a sensitive subject and it is very polarized, still, I decided to write about it and throw my 5 cents into the mix. I wrote an article recently titled “Unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness looking back at history and where it all started https://authorjoannereed.net/rights-of-life-liberty-and-the-pursuit-of-happiness/. Feel free to check it out.

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    • Bayance says:

      Thank you so much for reading! It really is and I’m so glad that you bravely spoke about it! I will definitely check your post out thanks for letting me know!

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  7. xoxlucy says:

    What a lovely post and it’s so great of you to address something so important! It’s heartbreaking what happened to George Floyd and I’m at loss of words. It’s terrible and it makes me so upset. I’m happy people are finally taking about BLM but is sad that it took so long. It’s always existed and people die ever year to police brutality and racism but, at least now we are talking about it and trying to make a difference. How is everything in Canada? Hope your staying safe ❤️

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