/History Repeats Itself: Protests for Racial and Social Justice

History Repeats Itself: Protests for Racial and Social Justice

The current atmosphere is incredibly heavy as protests throughout the world push for justice against police brutality among African Americans. People young and old are demanding answers and solutions to a very old problem: Racism.

The fight for social justice among Black people in America has been an ongoing battle for decades and decades…all of which result in a very familiar pattern that we are seeing today.

The history of police brutality among Black people in America is something that has invaded our society and, thanks to the internet, is now a fight that is carried on in other countries.

People all over the world witnessed the video that kicked off the protests…that of George Floyd lying on the ground saying he couldn’t breathe while a cop rested his knee on his neck. This was only one injustice to human life that was shared, with hundreds of other incidents periodically being shown from webcams and personal videos.

Unfortunately, this was nothing new for Americans given the fact that this was the same injustice to human life that was shown all over the world in the ’60s when Blacks were demolished by police officers during protests. Blacks have continued to fight for their right to survive without fear of being killed while walking on city streets. The history of this struggle is no secret and it’s the only history that continues to repeat itself.

One has to wonder why the pattern of social injustice occurs toward African Americans almost every other decade. Without a doubt, Blacks continue to endure the racial intolerance of others throughout America on a daily basis. However, the actual boiling point that leads to a protest is something that occurs every ten years in America, or so.

In the 1960s, Blacks protested with the bus boycotts and they fought against the continued hate crimes that were being committed against them. The result of the protest was a change in legislation that allowed integration. In the ’90s, protestors rallied together to express their dismay of the death of several African Americans who died due to some semblance of hate crimes.

The result?

A few additions in legislation that served to punish those who committed hate crimes. Today, everyone is marching once again over the injustices toward Black people by police officers. What will the result be from all of this?

You can almost bet that a new reform will be presented in Congress that will serve to provide further protections against hate crimes. It’s a pattern that simply continues to repeat itself.

If history continues to repeat itself, then what will it take to break the thread? Obviously, changing or altering legislation is not enough.

Telling people that they should appreciate Black people because “Black Lives Matter” is not enough. These are all things that have been done, yet we are still finding ourselves in the same boat, once again.

The only way to ensure that history doesn’t repeat itself is to do something different. If the heart and soul of a nation was established by a tainted seed, then one can’t expect the plant that grows from it to be any different.

Until everyone realizes that they are a part of the same system, and they place their focus on doing what’s necessary to succeed, they will continue to be blinded by the lines that separate us all. The protests are mere cries of pain, yet it means nothing if they continue to fall on deaf ears.

Only time will tell if this protest just happens to be different from the others. We can only hope that this protest for racial equality and respect will indeed be the last.