On Friday night, of the numerous buildings that were broken into and looted in Atlanta, one was the College Football Hall of Fame. Protests, many of which turned violent, broke out across the nation earlier this week. Demonstrations in Atlanta were a result of George Floyd, a black man, being killed by a police officer, Derek Chauvin, in Minneapolis. Video surfaced earlier this week of Derek Chauvin kneeling on the back of George Floyd’s neck. George Floyd later died.
“Oh No, Not The College Football Hall of Fame!”
As violent protests spread across the country, many businesses we all know were vandalized and looted. First it was a Target, next was an AutoZone, then they looted the College Football Hall of Fame. Ok, they fucked up a Target. Who gives a rat’s ass about a Target? When they burned an AutoZone, white people really started to get pissed. Then they ransacked the CFB (College Football) Hall of Fame and everybody was like “No, not the CFB Hall of Fame”. People seem more furious about the College Football Hall of Fame being looted than they were about George Floyd being murdered by a policeman.
“Open Your Ears, Listen, And Speak”
All jokes aside, normally, I would voice my opinion against violent protests. The College Football Hall of Fame and many of the other businesses targeted during these violent protests have nothing to do with the death of George Floyd, right? On the one hand, this is true. On the other hand, the world in which we live has disregarded the injustices inflicted upon black Americans for far too long.
We have ignored the grievances voiced by black Americans by way of peaceful protests. Let me be clear, this is by no means justification to set fire to the world. There are certainly better ways to address a problem than setting shit on fire. But there are also better ways to solve a problem than pointing the finger. We, as a people, are guilty. We need to do a better job of listening to each other. A question that needs to be asked is: Why are some of us more inclined to express our dissatisfaction towards violent protest than we are to express opinions against police brutality towards black people?