It has been more than a week since the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Over that time, we have seen civil unrest and rebellion on levels not seen in generations. While the media likes to sensationalize the violence on both sides, we thought it would be nice to go a different route and show you some inspiring speeches that you may have missed.
“I’m mad as hell. I woke up wanting to see the world burn down yesterday because I’m tired of seeing Black men die. He casually put his knee on a human being’s neck for nine minutes as he died like a Zebra in the clutch of a Lion’s jaw, and we watch like murder porn over and over again.”
The Grammy winning rapper and half of rap group Run the Jewels is already well known for his ideas, opinions, and diatribes. Whether on Bill Maher, his Netflix show or through his lyrics, Killer Mike always brings truth from the heart whenever he speaks.
It should probably come as no surprise that Killer Mike hit one out of the park last week when addressing the city of Atlanta at the mayor’s press conference. A speech he didn’t want to give to begin with.
He didn’t have many answers, but his alternative to rioting was simple; plot, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize. He said it multiple times in the hopes that it sank in.
“We learned violence from you”
Tamika Danielle Mallory is an American activist who was one of the four women that helped organize the 2017 Women’s March. She was also one of the co-presidents for the 2019 march and is also known for her anti-gun activism.
Her highly energetic and impassioned speech was wonderful. She called for corporations to come out to defend people like George Floyd. Towards the end she asserted that all the violence people are seeing in the streets was learnt from watching those in power. It was brilliant.
“We are witnessing America as a failed social experiment”
Dr. Cornel West didn’t give a speech per se, but his interview on Anderson Cooper may as well been. On the first night of unrest, the philosophising activist and author told cooper exactly what needed to be said.
West did not spend much time talking about Mr. Floyd. Instead he discussed everything ailing the United States that helped lead up to his death and those that came before him. Racism is just one aspect.
Obviously you can find more inspiring speeches out there. Not to mention all the goodwill and acts of civility. At this time, it’s important to share them as much as you can, you won’t find it often on network news.