American singer and rapper, Kanye West won hearts with his kind gesture towards Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd’s family.
Arbery, Taylor, and Floyd lost their lives to police brutality. Floyd’s death on 25th May was the final nail to the coffin and evoked massive protests all around the country.
Other than protests, people have taken to social media to spread awareness and demand justice for the victims. They have also taken upon themselves to uplift the business of the African Americans in a gesture of solidarity.
Kanye West, like any other black, has regarded the series of incidents personally and has extended his support. He has announced an arrangement of 529 college savings plans for 6-year-old Gianna Floyd’s future. He also donated 2 million dollars to a charity involved with Arbery, Taylor, and Floyd’s death. He promised to cover the legal costs for Arbery and Taylor’s justice.
Breonna Taylor was shot to death in her bed at night by police who were investigating a drug case. The no-knock warrant allowed police to enter her house at night without announcing their presence. Arbery was shot while he was jogging, unarmed.
George Floyd was killed by a policeman who choked him with his knee for over 8mins.
After the monetary donations and support, West joined the protests in Chicago South Side.
Not only that, but he has also promised to financially aid black-owned businesses in Chicago to help uplift the blacks of America.
Police brutality has shaken the entire America but what is even more disturbing is the fact that the victims of police brutality are almost always African Americans From Dreasjon “Sean” Reed in Indianapolis to Breonna Taylor in Louisville, every victim was African American.
Jamar Clarke from Minnesota was killed for quarreling with his girlfriend. Stephen Clark was killed in 2014 after police mistook his cellphone for a gun. 12-year-old Tamir Rice was killed for holding a toy gun. Even mentally challenged Ezell Ford and Michelle Shirley were killed in cold blood. What is shocking is that in most of these cases, the victim was unarmed, cooperative, and mostly falsely accused. The fact that they were treated as criminals from the start explains a lot about the opinion held by the cops regarding African Americans. Although justice for the victims will appease the protestors, it is not enough.
Kanye West’s wife Kim Kardashian also took to social media to vent her anger and frustration. Kim K in her post said, “For years, with every horrific murder of an innocent Black man, woman, or child, I have always tried to find the right words to express my condolences and outrage, but the privilege I am afforded by the color of my skin has often left me feeling like this is not a fight that I can truly take on my own. Not today, not anymore.”
The struggle of African Americans is a lengthy one with equality long overdue. Monetary help, emotional support, and solidarity in protests are highly appreciated but it is impossible to truly understand the oppression they face until we are in their shoes. Uprooting the system and setting down new tiles of equality and fraternity is the final aim in order to ensure a kinder and a more humane world for all.