Raise A Fist


Destiny Mattingly

For eight minutes and 46 seconds, Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into the back of the neck of George Floyd, an unarmed black man. George Floyd was a 46-year-old man, who was killed after a convenience store employee called the police and informed the police that Floyd had bought cigarettes with a fake twenty-dollar  bill.

Exactly seventeen minutes after the first squad car arrived to the “crime scene” George Floyd was unconscious and pinned beneath three police officers. He was slowly losing his life.

“The protest was from the voices of the unheard and I believe that mission was accomplished,” senior Dorianna Braxton said, “but the fight isn’t over. The protest was to show light on the racial injustices happening and it sure did.”

George Floyd is one out of many recently reported cases of police brutality in the United States.

Breonna Taylor, a black woman,who was shot six times in a matter of seconds.

Authorities believed Ms. Taylor’s ex-boyfriend; Jamarcus Glover was involved in a drug ring and used her apartment to hide narcotics. After the apartment was searched, the police found nothing of evidence to support the claim and supposedly left. Not until after the gunshots were fired.

“The murder of Breonna Taylor was unjust,” sophomore Paris Holley said

“”She was a better version of me,” Ms. Palmer, a New York dialysis technician said. “Full of life.  Easy to love.”

The police’s report contained many errors. It claimed Ms. Taylor had no injuries even though she had been shot six times.

“Breonna Taylor deserved so much better; she deserves justice,” freshman Kylee Silvey said.

While protests are spreading everywhere the pressure is on the police department to do something about police brutality.

“I don’t hate police offices are all that bad; I think they need to spend more time working and learning what is

the right way to deal with the problems,” Sierra Mattingly said.

On November 13th, 2020 at Winnetonka High School,

students decided to have a Black Lives Matter walk out to show their support. The purpose of this was to show

that Winnetonka is one as a whole not separated by race or gender.

“I strongly believe at Winnetonka that everyone can feel safe to be themselves and express themselves, its evident when you walk through the halls,” Braxton said. “There are so many different cultures and groups of people that makes Tonka the place it is today.”

“I think Winnetonka does a good job of celebrating all races and making

everyone feel safe,” Dr. Callaway said.

“We Choose how we live. You make the choice to treat others the way you treat them, ” English teacher be-Asia McKerracher said.