• Jun Park

A time to change :

The leaders of today's society have shown to be disconnected from the reality that people have to live through.

With a lack of humility and empathy, we are seeing today, the consequence of inaction.

The protests we see today in the U.S. reflect the bigger problem in society. In order to explain this reflection, I take you to the protests when "Chile Woke Up".

Triggered by the rise of Subway prices of 30 pesos, Chilean protests led to to the voices of many social causes to protest as chaos took over the streets.

The common slogan was "It's not 30 pesos, it's 30 years!"

This lasted for months, and as an eye-witness to a lot of the protests and victim of direct collateral damage of these protests, I can tell you, their protests make sense.

What didn't make sense was the response of the government.

If I fast forward today, I can tell you, there wasn't any swooping change, the big change was the pandemic. Everyone's lives changed and right now, we can't fight about tomorrow, when we are uncertain about today. This is the reason why the protests have gone away.

Now we look at the U.S., and I hope people understand, it's not about George Floyd's death, it is about how his death is representative of the history. The same as Chilean emphasized that it was not about 30 pesos, it was about 30 years, the U.S. protests are not about George Floyd's death, it is about the history of police brutality and racism embedded in the institutions.

Today, we hope that these protests effect change.

The protests are seen globally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Black Lives Matter!