Profile: Melea Tucker on Black Lives Matter

By Grace Tevaseu, Correspondent

Amid this tense political election season and unprecedented worldwide pandemic, a humanitarian movement has gained momentum, ignited in large part by the death of George Floyd. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has demanded awareness of the racial justice issues presiding in our country, historically and presently. 

While the BLM Movement is commonly known as a stance against racism and police brutality, over the span of America the movement means a wide variety of things to different people. From a local point of view, Melea Tucker, a Black student on campus and the SGA President, offered his insights and opinions. 

Q: What does BLM mean to you?

A: BLM is an organization that advocates for racial inequality and is being taken on a more global scale. To me, the organization is primarily based on equal rights, having racial civil equality.

Q: How does this surge for social justice make you feel? How has it affected you?

A: It makes me happy to see that previous wrongs are being amended and gives me a lot of hope in this country that we are finally seeing the end of an era in US history on racial inequality. I can say I have had many friends reach out to me of all races to comfort me in a time when I was feeling the most insecure about myself and my skin color. I strongly believe it was because of my friends who reached out and my family that comforted me that allowed me to make it through this tough time intact.

Q: What change would you like to see in the future?

A: Like I said before, I strongly believe now that we are coming to the end of an era, and generation to where racial inequality on a national scale will be no longer be as big an issue as it is today. I see my friends, and a lot of other young kids like me who come in all shades, shapes and sizes, and to see the amount of advocacy from them on issues like George Floyd, gives me hope.

Q: On a more local level, how can you in SGA promote the efforts of BLM?

A: As President of this governing body, my mission is to be all-inclusive, so if I promote more diverse events for Black students, then I want to promote other diverse events for many other students all across campus… I can for sure say without spoiling anything that your Student Government is working very hard and on the topic of diversity; SGA has a lot of diverse creative thoughts brewing at this time. 

Q: Anything else you would like to share?A: Treat someone how you wish to be treated and maybe then we can move forward in a positive direction in healing and not try and tear each other down.