â€œWho am I? I am a Black man who happens to the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force,â€ Wright, the second Black person to become the Air Forceâ€™s top enlisted member, wrote in a 31-message Twitter thread.
â€œI am George Floydâ€¦I am Philando Castile, I am Michael Brown, I am Alton Sterling, I am Tamir Rice,â€ Wright continued, invoking the names of Floyd, who died last week in Minneapolis after a white police officer knelt on his neck, and other Black men who have been killed by police.
Wright expressed his outrage at â€œwatching another Black man die on television before our very eyes,â€ saying his â€œgreatest fearâ€ was waking up to a report â€œthat one of our Black Airmen has died at the hands of a white police officer.â€Â
He acknowledged his own struggles with the Air Forceâ€™s â€œdemonsâ€ of diversity in top roles, and revealed he was working on a â€œthorough independent reviewâ€ of its military justice system, which the Air Force Times reported Monday has been accused of disproportionately punishing young Black service members.
â€œYou might think you know what itâ€™s like to grow up, exist, survive & even thrive in this country as a Black person, but let me tell you, regardless of how many Black friends you have, how Black your neighborhood was, or if your spouse or in-laws are Blackâ€¦ You donâ€™t know,â€ Wright wrote.
â€œYou donâ€™t know the anxiety, the despair, the heartache, the fear, the rage and the disappointment that comes with living in this country, OUR country every single day,â€ he added.
Read Wrightâ€™s full thread below:
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