I am writing this fifteen days after the murder of George Floyd - one of many victims of police brutality - so I’ve had time to reflect and listen to stories from different perspectives. I attended a local Black Lives Matter protest as well. Even though he was not an angel, George Floyd didn’t deserve to be murdered, and the color of one’s skin should not determine one’s odds of being murdered by the police in 2020. EarthPlex believes that diversity can help businesses, schools, teams, and society in general by offering a range of perspectives and ideas.
Racial justice relates to environmental justice because we cannot have a clean environment without making significant progress uniting. We must start by joining together peacefully. Then we can attack the climate crisis. We need diverse ideas that reflect on every American’s different experience and creatively end climate change.
Not every police officer is at fault for this racial catastrophe, but the system itself is. Instead of defunding the police, more money needs to be spent on certain areas such as training officers to limit or eradicate their biases.My heart goes out to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and everybody affected by racism. As a white male, I cannot begin to imagine what it is like to leave my home knowing that I am in danger, but I will use my privilege until every American has my privilege too.