In a city crippled by poverty and growing segregation, Daniel Prude’s murder has united a community in more ways than many could ever imagine. Our city was thrown in the spotlight after the tragic video footage of Prude’s death was released to the public. Adding Rochester to a growing list of communities rocked by police brutality, political corruption, and cries for immediate change, as protesters flood the streets for justice.
Dismantling a system built on discrimination and racism will not be an easy task. But, it will be a necessary one. Our children deserve to have the “perks” of being an American, not a reject shunned by society’s false narratives. Providing many of us with inadequate education, mediocre healthcare, and condemned housing, then judging us for being unruly.
It is time for change by any means necessary. We need more people like Steve Lysenko, the Assistant Principal of Spencerport schools, who walked side by side with BLM protesters and had the courage to stand up and speak out for what is right. We need more lawmakers willing to focus on changing laws that disproportionately affect people of color. We need people who are not afraid to stand on the frontline and demand change, not now, but right now. ✊🏽✊🏽