Sakinah Khan: Statement on Black Lives Matter

These views reflect those of Sakinah Khan as an individual and do not necessarily reflect the views of Derek I. Schmitz or employees.

As many of you know, during the past three weeks, people have taken to the streets to voice their opinions on police brutality. This issue goes far deeper than just that, this is about a person’s basic human rights vs those who wish to oppress it.

At this point, I don’t think this issue needs further explanation. A man was wrongfully accused and was killed for it. A man by the name of George Floyd. His death was the final straw for so many people who are tired of not being heard, tired of living in fear simply for the colour of their skin. I am utterly disgusted that this was allowed to happen and angry that this continues to happen and has been happening for decades.

The people who came before us fought for us to live in a world where we stand as equals. To see the racial inequality still be an issue says that so many people protested and died for nothing. If we do not bring about change now then what will the future be like, for my kids? Your kids? When we are long gone, will they remember us for being the oppressors of freedom or the ones who fought for it?

I, for one wish to be remembered as someone who fought for freedom. I believe that every person should not be judged for how they appear but who they are as a person. Unfortunately, we live in a world where people are quick to make judgement about others based on insignificant things like the colour of their skin, gender, weight and so much more. At the end of the day, none of that matters, for we are all human and we live on the same planet.

No justice, no peace. Black lives matter.