June 2, 2020 – The George Floyd incident has shaken the conscience of all right-thinking people in the US and the world once again. The horrific incident will go down in history as a turning point in how the Blacks and other people of color are perceived and treated. A new coalition, I Can’t Breathe, has been formed to demand justice peacefully, and invites donations to support the fight against discrimination and cruelty.
George Floyd’s last words were, “I can’t breathe”. The coalition has adopted these words to bring out the state of mind of people of color at this critical juncture in history. The initiative has an online presence at www.WeCantBreathe.org (in progress).
“We are coming together to form a coalition with multi-cultural collaborations; this is a human collaboration. We welcome all lives to join us to fight for Black lives, to testify at this moment of history. We are standing for JUSTICE and PEACE,” said a spokesperson for I Can’t Breathe.
The Minneapolis incident has become the starting point for new conversations, and has woken up hundreds of thousands of people in the United States. The incident has brought to fore a collective trauma of police brutality.
“We are outraged over this long trail of blood, but let’s not add our own for the entertainment of this unjust system. Only with LOVE and PEACEFUL INTENTIONS can we change the injustice,” said the spokesperson for I Can’t Breathe.
The initiative points out the poignant words of the great leaders of the past. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that,” Dr. Martin Luther King had said.
Another great leader, Grace Lee Boggs, echoes similar sentiments by saying, “Being a victim of oppression in the United States is not enough to make you revolutionary… any group that achieves power, no matter how oppressed, is not going to act differently from their oppressors as long as they have not confronted the values that they have internalized and consciously adopted different values.”
WE CAN’T BREATHE is looking for support and seeks donations to build a peace patrol team to support the trouble spots of Minneapolis. The initiative can be reached out on its official website or social media:
Facebook: We Can’t breathe
For more information, please visit: www.wecantbreathe.org