Breaking the Silence

Protestors outside Trump Parc in Stamford, June 1 2020

Round Table Editorial Staff

With The Round Table having such a significant platform in not only our school, but our Stamford community, it is our duty as student journalists to use our voices. Across the country, citizens, and especially black Americans, have been brought to their breaking point once again. They are tired of injustice, silence, and racism – and so are we. 

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota after a police officer placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes. The officer had his head down, hands in his pockets, and was seemingly ignorant of the pleas made by George Floyd and local residents for him to stop. Three other police officers all watched this happen without intervening.

We recognize the prevalence of police brutality and racism in our country. This has happened far too many times, and it is our duty not just as student journalists, but as American citizens and human beings, to stand with our black neighbors and help push for the change that is long overdue. 

Stamford High students, do not be silent. Stamford High alumni, do not be silent. Stamford High faculty, do not be silent. Stamford citizens, do not be silent. 

We implore you to sign petitions, call government officials, register to vote, start conversations, and be vocal – even if it is uncomfortable. Because no matter how uncomfortable it may be, it will never amount to the discomfort black Americans have felt for centuries.

Visit https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/donate to donate to George Floyd’s family and other local organizations, which are working to lift up communities, end police brutality, and build a more just future. 

Utilize your privilege and your voice. This is our problem, and it is yours, too. Black Lives Matter.