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Defacing the George Floyd bust just the latest chapter in a long line of racist acts

When I learned that a bronze bust of George Floyd had been defaced in New York, I was sad, and then I was angry.

Because this was not the first time that a monument to Black justice was attacked. In December, the Proud Boys, burned two Black Lives Matter banners at Black churches. The memorial to Emmitt Till, who was lynched for whistling at a white woman, was riddled with bullets more than once. And even though LeBron has all the money in the world, some fool still wrote the N-word on the brother’s fence.

A Black Lives Matter mural outside of Trump Tower was vandalized with red paint, then blue paint. And right here in Philly, a former city worker pulled down Black Lives Matter posters, and when someone told him that Black lives do matter, he simply said, not to me.

It’s almost like America is middle school, and the cool kids are trying to exclude us from their lunch table. So, they write mean things about us on the walls. They try to destroy what’s important to us.

Except in America, it’s not just being excluded from the lunch table. You’re excluded from the economic table, and the educational table, and the political table, and the criminal justice table. You’re excluded from every table.

And the only time the cool kids want you around is if you can do something for them. Like vote for them. Or work for them. Or think for them. Or vouch for them.

And when you don’t do it—when you stand up and say I’m going to build my own table, they vandalize it.

But you know what? We’re going to rebuild our table. We’re going to sit at that table. And when we’re done sitting, we’re going to get up and we’ll fly.

Photo: George Floyd Bust  By. Brecht Bug

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