Hello again from the founders of Teens Helping Seniors! It’s been a long journey and I think it’s important to remember the reason we started the organization in the first place.
Teens Helping Seniors was formed on the basis of human compassion and empathy for the most vulnerable during the COVID pandemic. We had read a lot in the news about teens blatantly ignoring COVID safety measures: teens in Florida who ignored the stay-at-home order to go to the beach or teens who were licking groceries. The goal was to prove to the media and to the world that teen apathy was the exception, not the rule, and that the spirit of altruism can prevail during times of crisis.
Unfortunately, recent events have proven that the iron vise-like grip that cruelty and apathy have on modern society has not disappeared. Instead, it has manifested as pervasive yet subtle and systemic problems that defy the common empathy and respect between us.
This is an affront to American ideals and aspirations. George Floyd, may he rest in power, was ultimately a human being, and no human could ever deserve the brutality he experienced. Justice is a term that is thrown around all too often. What does it mean to get justice for something so barbaric and unjustified?
To us, it means making a change; it means altering the bedrock of society to ensure something like this never happens again. We believe that the efforts of all those who have come before and will come after that have striven for the common good and human kindness are affronted by such atrocious inequality. This is why we urge you to be the activist and the change-maker; this is why we urge you to be the voice of light in a world filled with darkness.
This is someone else’s problem. This is not an issue that is partisan. This is not a question of where you are from, what you believe in, or what you look like. This is a question of human decency and respect. Insofar as the founding fathers envisioned a great democracy enshrined in the principles of equality, we cannot let injustice deny our righteous cause.
It is up to all of us to make sure the child who is bullied in school on the basis of her race, the father who is arrested because of the color of his skin for a crime he didn’t commit , and the teen who is a victim of police brutality, do not go unheard. Do not let their love and memories fade away.
Black Lives Matter. End of story.
We are committed to furthering the movement. Here are some resources to get involved: