Cheryl Woolley

The Climate Crisis Is Racist. The Answer Is Anti-Racism.

Sierra Club, By June 2, 2020

Iā€™m writing this from St Paul, Minnesota. Our neighbouring city, Minneapolis, is descending into riots this evening. I can hear the fireworks and tear gas grenades being fired at protestors five miles away. They are outraged at the police killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd. Floyd was killed by a white police officer who knelt on his neck for at least seven minutes while he was handcuffed and face down on the ground. Floyd repeatedly said, ā€œI cannot breathe. I cannot breathe.ā€ The same rainstorm that is falling on the burning buildings across the river is falling on the garden I planted with my preschoolers earlier today.

This day has been hundreds of years in the making.

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