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Many White people are beginning to understand that it will take their voices — silent until now — to help raise the voices of Black people.

The murder of George Floyd may seem like business as usual, but there is a new day dawning, a renewed fight for justice, equality, and respect for all Black Americans, here and abroad.

Black people in this country have been trying to remove White feet off of Black necks since the first collaborative slave uprising in 1712. There has been attempt after attempt made of Blacks demanding their just due, their earned respect as human beings, human beings who helped build these “Divided States of Amerikkka” with the same blue and red blood as White people claiming sole credit. Americans now — Black, White, Brown and Other — are standing up and shouting, “Equal justice for all.”

Why are the Russian President Vladimer Putin and the overseer of these “Divided States of Amerikkka,” former President Donald Trump such good friends? It occured to me that in Putin’s Russia, racism against Blacks is as strongly embraced there as it is here.

Racism and money fuel both Putin and Divide Us Donald.  

The world outside of this country looks to us as one of the greatest countries in the world.  But on May 25, 2020, the day that George Floyd cried out “Mama” during an 8-minute and 46-second plea for a White police officer to take his foot off his neck changed that narrative.

This is Trump’s doing. The murder of George Floyd was on his watch. 

It is with great sadness that yet another Black mother has to bury a child in these “Divided States of Amerikkka” due to the systemic racism perpetrated upon Blacks by uninformed, sheltered followers of Divide Us Donald.

Today, not only are Blacks in these Divided States no longer accepting the divide us mentality, but White people, with a moral and empathetic compass, have joined the crusade that is in our Constitution, that all men and women are created equal.

Disclaimer: The views in this article are those of the author. Prison Journalism Project has verified the writer’s identity and basic facts such as the names of institutions mentioned.

Vincent O’Bannon is a 2020 graduate of San Quentin Writers’ Guild class and contributing writer for San Quentin News, an award-winning newspaper published out of San Quentin State Prison in California, where he is incarcerated.