Nowadays, we find ourselves asking, “Do black lives even matter?” From seeing the horrific sights of African American men being brutally beaten to hearing about an innocent man having several deadly shots pierce him in the back. We then begin to think, “What is the world coming to?” The media coverage has shown protesters who cannot bare to stand back and let this hatred continue to surface. As hard as it is to relive the sad cases of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott and many other African American males we must still be cognizant of the situations. There is still indecency in the world that is ruining the overall peace in this country. On April 19, 2015, a 25-year-old male by the name of Freddie Gray was announced dead. Many call this case a mystery and cannot understand what happened. However, the people in Baltimore are speaking up and making their voices heard loud and clear. For the past week there have been riots and protests, some peaceful others not so much, to address the inequality African Americans are being faced with. The young people more so, are not happy about what is going on and they want to see a change immediately. There have been instances when they felt they had to loot and destroy property to get their point across, but sadly this may not be the best way to go about solving the problem.
Not only has the case of Gray and the many other victims of violence affected people in Baltimore, but it has also drawn attention to students at Louisiana State University. On Wednesdays many students come dressed in all black to perform peace protests in the middle of the quad. These protests were created to promote the equality and unity for all people and to spread awareness about the trails African Americans are being faced with. Students from diverse backgrounds and cultures all want to make a difference, show that they are conscious of what is going on, and they hope to make a change. Now is the time to come together and make a lasting impression on what it really means to live together in harmony and peace without having to doubt if Black Lives Matter, because they do and always will.
Pictures taken by: Paisley Balthazar
The time is always right to do what is right.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.