Under normal circumstances, the fight to end the unlawful slaughter of Black lives should not be held in the same regard as the fight to go back to getting buzz cuts and uneven bangs. However, like everything else involving white people, their whiteness and narrow cage of entitlement has been prioritized. In late May, when video footage captured  four Minnesota policemen murdering George Floyd, a 46 year old Black man, protests erupted all over the United States in major cities including Minneapolis (where the event transpired), Los Angeles and Atlanta. As we march through the streets to demand justice, we can’t help but note that responses from law enforcement look considerably different than when backwoods banshees protested the stay-at-home ordinance last month.

Simply put, Black people don’t have the luxury — or the privilege — to invade government buildings in a tizzy over misplaced anger. When armed right-wing terrorist groups are able to parade
through a capitol building with no repercussions while we are blazed with tear gas and rubber bullets, that sends a clear message — white privilege is real. As we fight two pandemics, it’s important now more than ever to call out how, once again, we have to fight for the right to simply live. We’ve compiled a list of instances where the police response to lockdown protests pale in comparison to how they are reacting to the protests over George Floyd’s murder.