Breathless

@ Massachusetts Institute of Technology
@ Massachusetts Institute of Technology

This post may be different from what you’re used to seeing on here. I don’t know whether to call it a ramble or a rant or simply a statement about the world we live in.

The most basic human right is the right to breathe.

Before anything else, all human beings have the right to replenish their lungs with oxygen.

No human being, no matter what they have done in the past, should be put in a position where they are being pushed down into the ground.

No human being should have to exclaim “I can’t breathe” a total of eleven times, and as a result, have their head pushed further into the ground, until they take their last breath.

No human being should be treated this way by an authority figure, whose purpose is to protect civilians and maintain the peace, and said authority figure should not use a restraining method that has been banned for many years.

No human being’s family should have to deal with this grief, and on top of it all, see that the person who caused all of it is still a free man.

Unfortunately, what has happened is the sum of all of this.

Eric Garner’s death was a modern-day lynching, and a perfect example of exactly what should not be happening so often, especially now, in the twenty-first century.

I am not here to make a grand political statement. All I have to say is that racism and police brutality are very existent issues in this day and age, all over the world, and this is so shocking and horrific and completely repulsive.

This post was made not only in honor of Eric Garner, but also Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Kelly Thomas, Oscar Grant, Ezell Ford, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Aiyana Jones, and so many others.

Seeing this happen over and over has really made it hard to breathe.

– Daniel

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