Guest Op-Ed: We Can’t be Silent

By Leo Robinson

This has been happening for too long. I look back to 1968, the presidential convention, the uprising where four students were killed at Kent State, the MLK assassination on my birthday, Robert Kennedy killed the day before my graduation, Vietnam War—Just a lot of unrest.

It seems like we are in for some darker days, regardless of status or income. There is an inherent awareness from Black men when dealing with law enforcement.

Our hearts are filled with sadness, disgust, and overall frustration as we continue to process the tragic and senseless acts of violence towards yet another individual of the African-American community.

This is very important time in our history and images of this incident, as well as, countless others become a lasting image forever in our minds.

This is not the first time that we have had to stand together in an attempt to impact change but this could be the first time we actually do create change for all humanity.

We have a responsibility as fathers, husbands, and leaders of young men to stand up and speak for those who no longer have a voice.

During times like these, we have to work through our pain and work together to find a solution. Let’s all do our part.

Leo Robinson is a councillor-at-large for the City of Chelsea and a lifelong Chelsea resident.

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