Social Justice and The Pandemic


Elizabeth Henry

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Social Justice and The Pandemic

As if we weren’t already sick enough of staying inside with annoying family members and not working/being paid, there was a spike in demand for social justice after the violent and unnecessary deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and many other people of color, who lost their lives to racist attacks or police officers.
The Black Lives Matter movement, which started in July of 2013, showed itself and its emotion through protests even more in 2020, demanding justice for people of color.
Many countered this movement with “all lives matter” and “blue lives matter.”
All of this made many teens want to get up, get ready, and prepare for the biggest fight of their lives for justice.
In all my years, never have teenagers been more angry and motivated to fight than this.
I’ve seen young people go to protests that always had the risk of danger, or even death.
Young people shoved their anxiety aside and stood with our lost and alive brothers and sisters of color. Young people stood up and shouted, screamed, hollered: this has to end now.
In the perspective of these young people, seeing racism spiking through these murders provoked outrage, outright. It ripped away selfishness, laziness, contentment.
It brought out anger and the demand for justice. Teenagers were not going to just accept this. Teens went to protests. Teens spread awareness. Teens donated to organizations.
Never have I seen such action from teenagers regarding Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+ rights, and voting a businessman who was not fit to be president out of office.
As if we weren’t sick enough with staying home, we saw racism and discrimination in action to make us so much more sick.
Racism is a disease that many, many people fought, and are still fighting against. Teens became more aware than any adult ever thought they could.