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We Are All One Race, The Human Race

Updated: Mar 8, 2022

By Farrah Ismaili

Hold your breath starting now. Close your eyes. How many seconds does it take

before you gasp for air?

Imagine that, times 10, with a knee in the back of your neck. His last moments

ended after eight minutes and 46 seconds struggling to breathe. What reason did

he die under the officers pinned down knee for? Suspicion of using a counterfeit

$20 bill. George Floyd 46 years young.

I wonder, what I would do if one of my loved ones was killed by a police officer

while sleeping. Officers were looking for someone who happened to already be in

custody, wrongfully burst into innocent people’s home, and shot up the place while

serving a no-knock warrant. The man was wrongfully detained then released. The

woman was shot dead. Even after all of those mistakes, the entire team involved

got a paid vacation AKA paid administrative leave, with no arrest or

charge. Breonna Taylor, 26 years young.

Selling single cigarettes in the streets a NY, a young black man, face down on

the concrete was killed in broad daylight by police. Before taking his last breath,

he repeated 11 times, “I can’t breathe”.

The officer was not indicted and the city of NY offered the family $5.9 million

dollars for wrongful death. Eric Garner 43 years young.

Do you have kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, or know any children? Did you

know that a 26-year-old police officer, shot a special needs child to death, at the

tender age of 12, for holding a toy gun? The city offered the family $6 million

dollars for the wrongful death, and the only repercussion of the officer was

termination from the department. He was actually hired as a police officer at

another precinct but later, revoked his application because of the uproars and

protests. Tamir Rice 12 years young.

I have a gun, and I have a license to carry it. If I got pulled over, I would tell the

officer that there is a weapon in the vehicle, as did Philando. Another victim of

racial profiling. I can’t fathom being asked for my license and registration, and

while assuring the officer that I am reaching for my license, being shot 7 times in

the chest. Did I mention, his partner and her 4-year-old daughter were also in the

vehicle? I wonder if, because of what she witnessed, if that little girl sleeps at

night and how the color of her skin will have her living in fear too.

The department paid out for wrongful death a total of $3.8 million dollars to the

victim and partner’s family. Philando Castile 32 years young.

When was the last time that you went out in public? When you did, did it occur to

you that you may be racially profiled and gunned down never to return home?

What a way to live as a black or brown person.

A 17-year-old boy walked out of a seven-eleven not knowing that he would never

make it back to his father’s home. Neighborhood watch George Zimmerman

called into 911 claiming he sees a “real suspicious guy” and the dispatcher

advised him to stand down. Zimmerman did not abide, pursued the young boy, and shot him with a 9mm semi-automatic in his left chest. He died with skittles,

$40 dollars, headphones, and a cellphone in his pocket.

I don’t know about you, but if I’m being followed home by anyone I would feel

afraid and threatened. I would fight for my safety, but never would I think that I

would be fighting for my life, only to be shot. Especially by someone who was

told to stand down. A settlement was offered the family, due to wrongful

death, in the amount of $1 million dollars. Trayvon Martin, 17 years young.

There have been times that I’ve probably been too tired to be behind the wheel.

I’ll be honest, I was never wise enough to pull over and rest, to preserve mine

and the safety of others. Racially profiled, a civilian called 911 to report a black

man sleeping in his car in a restaurant parking lot. The gentleman awoke to

police officers requesting he step out of the vehicle for a sobriety test. He insisted

that he was not operating the vehicle, that he was sleeping. He offered to walk to

his sister’s house, offered for them to bring him there, offered several solutions.

That night, that man ran for his life, probably thinking of all the others that have

been killed. He was shot, in the back, and died, in front of people, on camera.

Rayshard Brooks, 27 years young.

Atatiana Jefferson

Aura Rosser

Stephon Clark

Botham Jean

Alton Sterling

Michelle Cusseaux

Freddie Gray

Elijah McClain

Janisha Fonville

Akai Gurley

Gabriella Nevarez

Michael Brown

Tanisha Anderson

Continued list...

How many others?

How many that weren’t filmed?

How many imprisoned, suffering through abuse and prison labor or, modern-day


Trigger happy, untrained, scared, racism, abuse of authority, KKK, insufficient

training, lack of qualification, hush money, wrongful death, immaturity, superiority,

terroristic, heartbreaking, angry, disgusted….

These are just a few words that come to mind when I think of the police

departments and systems.

“Wash your skin yellow, you’re almost there”, Hey “towel head, camelback rider, black and

yellow, chingchongchang”. In Paris France, walking through a market as a young girl with her

mother, a teenage boy spit on the woman holding her daughter’s hand. “Look at the Asian

whore” in french. She looked at her Mom waiting for a reaction, while the spit dripped through

her hair. “Keep walking darling, it’s ok”. She watched her Father constantly fight the system in

Spain, Brazil, France, Montserrat, and especially, in America. Her sisters have horror stories of

being slapped, named called “stupid Americans” and having to have experienced choosing a

side in school. When she was 10, her private school teacher was explaining metaphors and

similes using the students as an example. A boy named Jeffery pointed at his classmate across

the room and said, “no, she’s different, her uniform is the same as ours, but her skin isn’t white

like ours”. The girl spent the rest of the day angry, how hurtful the boy’s words were, and how

embarrassed she felt in front of the entire classroom. The next morning, she was going to tell

her parents about what had happened at school when, her sister walked in with a newspaper in

her hand, reading: A suicide murder occurred. A father kills his wife, son Jeffery and

himself…….. She thought to herself, was it her hateful thoughts and anger that killed him?

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