For days now, I can hardly sleep peacefully after watching the footages of the murder of a black American, George Floyd.
His last words “You’re gonna kill me!” “I can’t breathe!” “Mama
mama!” , keeps replaying in my head. If most people, particularly people of color, had done what the white officers did, they’d probably be behind bars by now.
George Floyd, 46, an unarmed African-American black man, died on Monday May 25, 2020, after a white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for 9 minutes.
Earlier before the footages of the inhumane murder went viral on social media, Minneapolis police department gave a false report that Floyd died on Monday due to suffering from “medical distress” after the
white officers were said to have responded to a report of “forgery” and claimed Floyd resisted arrest.
However, footages revealed Floyd was dragged out of his car, not resisting arrest, before being murdered in cuffs on the street, by a 19 year old veteran of the force, Derek Chauvin, 44, the officer filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes, despite the victim begging him for his life, saying repeatedly; “I cannot breathe”, and the onlookers also pleading with the cops, saying; that was inhumane and unnecessary, the cops were further urged to check his pulse when he was
no longer responsive but Chauvin still didn’t get up.
Derek Chauvin was also investigated in 2006 over a fatal police shooting and again in 2008 and 2011 for two more shootings and a fatal car
The second officer involved in Monday’s arrest, who was seen just standing, watching and preventing the onlookers from helping the victim, Tou Thai, was also sued in 2017 for using excessive force, he was accused of punching and kicking a handcuffed suspect, which ended with
a $25,000 out of court settlement.
Two other officers, who are both rookie cops involved are Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng.
Obviously this incident would have been covered up and swept under the carpet if not for the released footage on social media, that went viral, which resulted in protest involving thousands of Americans, total condemnation and call for justice around the world, and the cops who were initially placed on paid administrative leave, later terminated from the Minneapolis police department.
Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey has called on prosecutors to arrest the culprits. FBI and Law enforcement authorities have launched an investigation into Floyd’s death.
Racism and Terrorism has obviously been rooted in the United States despite the Americans always trying so hard to portray themselves as human right protectors and world saviors from oppression and violence.
White Americans were given legally or socially sanctioned privileges and rights, while these same rights were denied to other races and minorities.
European Americans enjoyed exclusive privileges in education, immigration, voting rights, citizenship, land acquisition, and criminal
procedure throughout American history.
Non-Protestant immigrants from Europe, particularly the Irish, Poles, and Italians, often suffered xenophobic exclusion and other forms of ethnicity-based discrimination in American society. Groups like Jews and Arabs have also faced continuous discrimination in the United States, as a result of this, some people who belong to these groups are not identified as white. African Americans faced restrictions on their political, social, and economic freedom throughout much of US history.
East, South, and Southeast Asians have also faced racism in America. Major racially and ethnically structured institutions and manifestations
of racism have included genocide, slavery, segregation, Native American reservations, Native American boarding schools, immigration and naturalization laws, and internment camps.
In spite racism and terrorism being perceived as socially and morally unacceptable, racial politics remains a major phenomenon, and racism continues to be reflected in socioeconomic inequality.
Racial stratification continues to occur in employment, housing, education, lending, government and dealing with crime. Even in modern America, large sections of Americans admit to holding discriminatory viewpoints.
All of these made me ask myself this reflective question; “How did we get here?”. When will the human race realize that we have more in common than differences?. We’re first humans before anything else. We breathe, bleed, feel and exihibit all human attributes, irrespective of color, ethnicity, beliefs and status.
As such, we should build a worldly environment where we treat one another fairly at all times. No color is superior and no human life is worth taking unjustly. Americans and the rest of the world should wake up to reality and stand for what’s right in a civilized world. We must learn to
accept and tolerate our differences.
Racism and terrorism must stop, for justice to prevail and for the world to be a better place. And hopefully every victim of racism and terrorism will get equal justice.
We can’t just keep quite and keep living in misery in many parts of the world, like it’s a daily basic affair. Let’s all stand up for what’s right, speak up against it, write to condemn it, act justly and do whatever within our capability to make sure love for humanity prevails at all times.