Aya Pfeufer’s heartfelt response to US cop’s murder of George Floyd
“I can’t breathe…” These were George Floyd An African-American man’s last words As his skin started to bleed from the pressure Of an American cop called Chauvin
Another global outrage; another death, another murder Of an innocent human being While Floyd may now feel at peace Freedom is still distant from our reach
Floyd was handled brutally by several officers Chauvin forcefully pushed him to the floor, face down As if Floyd were just a wild animal Off the cop’s hunting ground
Yet the sound of Floyd’s desperate voice Did not change Chauvin’s heartless choice Even though Floyd was unarmed, the cop still knelt on his neck Though Floyd begged him to stop, Chauvin casually stayed on top And this ruthless act has caused a train wreck
Racism is nothing new Police are often brutal to blacks, there’s been no breakthrough George Floyd’s death is a horrific reminder That some Americans are still seen as the outsider
These deaths should not be glorified, or shoved aside George Floyd was a large black American man Targeted because the police think they can Floyd’s intentions were not defined by the colour of his skin So why was he treated like he was a sin?
Why did the police officers shatter his soul? Was it out of fear or disgust? Or was Floyd’s blackness just too much to bear? Why can’t you see? All we’re asking for is equality!
America has always been toxic to people of colour You say that there is progress for black communities Yet you limit us from so many opportunities
From slavery to lynching, racism has always been around Throughout centuries in many cities and towns
From generation to generation, we have experienced oppression Discrimination and humiliation Is this what we still are as a nation?
There have been countless prejudices associated with blacks Such as our ‘violent nature’ – we’re always under attack How can you distinguish between what’s false and true? If everything is written in your supremacist view?
We are fed up of hearing about more black people dying And seeing so many families crying We are fed up of receiving looks of disgrace The ignorance we regularly face We are fed up of being fearful of police Those who are meant to maintain the peace
Instead we still have to fight and protest Because of this static, systemic disorder When will we be fully treated as an equal? Instead of just second-class people Don’t let ruthlessness make our society fall We are each of us human beings, after all.
Aya likes studying the sciences and Latin. When she is older she wants to be a surgeon or an engineer. She enjoys playing the cello, and has done so since she was five. She won a gold medal with her teammates at the London Junior Club Badminton League.