Here is How People Feel in America Right Now
Tuesday is over in Eastern Standard Time, but the emotions that many Americans feel across the country are yet to subside. All across Instagram, many have taken to posting an image of solid black for #BlackOutTuesday. Quite often, the image was accompanied by #BlackLivesMatter. This has led to inundating the hashtag with a collage of black images which ironically covers one important aspect of the current situation in America - feelings.
Protests have been spreading across the country, and news has been polarizing Americans at an alarmingly dynamic pace. Many sides have shared their perspectives, and unifying them all is implausible. With city curfews extending to earlier hours, and growing state attempts to lockdown protest activity, here are the gathered thoughts from people in America.
"It's the 21st century, I think that it's about time that we treat everybody fairly. It shouldn't matter how somebody looks, what they like, or what they are. No one has to like everybody, but there must be a way for us to all co-exist peacefully"
- Kim, 21, Los Angeles, CA
"I don't want kids in my neighborhood running around like a bunch of crazies. My neighbors and I are not taking this lightly, and I think all these people have better things to do with their time then to go around destroying everything they see. I have no shame in saying that."
- Derek, 47, Chicago, IL
"I think it might be a tough time right now to be in authority. The police need to deal with a lot, and if I were in their shoes, I'd be pulling my hair out. "
- Eric, 30, Miami, FL
"In my opinion, it's about time the country wakes up to many of the terrible things that have been happening. I am torn between how I feel about what's going on in New York, and how people are showing how they feel. I can feel anger over everything. A lot of people have gone on about not demonstrating peacefully, but they don't get that sometimes the message does not get across. No one is listening to us, what do they expect?"
- Luis, 18, Rego Park, NY
"People are not doing this right. By people I mean the media and the people who label others without knowing anything. The whole point of this is not to steal the light, it's to shed light on solidarity - rest in peace to George! The military is not going to march with us. We need to be strong, and we need to raise the awareness that this country has long needed."
- Brianna, 25, Queens, NY
With varying views across the country, one thing is happening realtime - the increasing number of protestors being arrested. Bailing and support groups require funding, and if you choose solidarity, here are a list of groups you can support in alphabetical order instead of posting an image on Instagram:
Atlanta Solidarity Fund provides support for people who were arrested in Atlanta protests.
Black Visions Collective is based in Minneapolis as well as St. Paul and is dedicated to Black liberation.
Brooklyn Community Bail Fund is focused on investing in justice and presumption of innocence, and based in Brooklyn.
Colorado Freedom Fund uses funds to pay for people unable to post for bail in Colorado.
Columbus Freedom Fund organizes funds for protestors in Colombus.
Philadelphia Bail Fund is based in Philadelphia and provides bail for those who were detained from the protests.
Minnesota Freedom Fund is a non-profit that aims to contribute funds towards restorative justice.
The Atlanta Solidarity Fund provides funding for protestors that were detained in Atlanta.
The National Bail Fund Network has 60 community bail/bond funds for those detained.
The Peoples City Council Freedom Fund will provide funding for legal support, fines, bail, and fees for court on behalf of arrested protesters.