Published on June 9, 2o2o
Voices For Change
Students share their experiences at the rallies and their opinions.
Note From the Staff:
On May 25, George Floyd was murdered by a police officer that kneeled on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes during an arrest. Large scale protests against police brutality emerged throughout the country including online movements such as Black Lives Matter empowering change and reform for Black people.
As a publication, we recognize our duty to highlight the voices and activism that Arroyo’s students have participated in. Our purpose is to give these voices a platform so that other students may educate themselves and follow. We encourage more students to contact us so that we can add your perspective to this article.
Members of the Black Student Union (BSU) share their viewpoints
BSU President India Lee:
"How I feel about the protest is I support them 100 percent including the looting due to the fact that my people were slaves for 400 years doing free labor work plus getting beat and sold. I feel that a store can be rebuilt but a life cannot be restored. When we are peaceful we get beat and
killed, when we riot it’s the same result. We have to be heard one way."
BSU Vice President Kenya Hardy:
"I have been showing my support for the movement by sharing posts and raising awareness through all of my social media accounts. I haven’t been able to physically go anywhere, so social media has been my platform to spread awareness. I believe that myself and others who are showing support this way are showing support and staying safe at the same time, which is very smart in my opinion.
I believe 100% that police target minorities, and the murder of george floyd was yet another an unfortunate product of the police being outright prejudice when it comes to people of color.
I believe that if you have black family or friends, listen to black artists, and indulge in the culture of black people then you need to speak up when we are being mistreated. and anyone who has or does anything stated above but is silent on black issues, they need to disassociate themselves from us as a whole and go join the people who have been killing us for centuries. if you are not with us all the way then you are against us all the way. so make a decision and stand by that decision."
Student Activists answer our questions...
An Interview with Alex
An Interview with An AHS Senior
An Interview with An AHS Junior
Students In Action (SIA)
AHS's very own SIA has set up a fundraiser where all the proceeds will be going to the the People's Breakfast in Oakland. They are selling both BLM themed bracelets (for $2 each) and custom bracelets (for $3 each). Currently the club has made over $80 but has an overall goal of at least $100.
"SIA decided to start selling bracelets because all of us felt very passionate about trying to help the Black community and wanted to find a more proactive way to be allies in addition to posting on social media. Making bracelets is something that we just do for fun, but we thought it would be a good idea to turn that into something that would help benefit people. We should all be helping the Black community at this time because you simply cannot stand for equality and allow Black people to be constantly killed, oppressed, and discriminated against at the same time. We need to revolutionize the way we view our country and its justice system. However, a change that big requires everyone to be one the same page and actively helping out," said SIA President Nathalie Bombase.