Reflections on Race: 'I don't want to be identified as just another man in America'
The death of George Floyd has brought worldwide attention to the issues of racism and social injustice -- but these issues are nothing new.
As a part of News 12's "Unrest in America: Reflections on Race," you will hear firsthand accounts about what it's like being Black in America and on Long Island.
First up is Union Baptist Church Rev. Dr. Sedgwick Easley.
"I don't want to be identified as just another man in America. When you see me, I want you to see that I'm a Black man in America," he says. "Because if you don't see me as a Black man in America, then you eliminate my experience."
"What I don't want is to be discriminated because of the color of my skin. What I don't want is that I have no access to resources and access to power because of the color of my skin."
"I don't want that to be eliminated, but I don't want to be discriminated on, I don't want to feel as though I'm less than because of white supremacy and white power. I want us to come together as human, as human beings in this nation."