OPINION: George Floyd’s Death, Police Brutality and Systemic Racism
The Best justice for George Floyd is to End Racism.
A country that was once inspirational and desirable is now visible in its nakedness and inhumanity. A country with an estimated population of over 331 million people and the third most populated country in the world. A highly developed country, the world’s largest economy by nominal GDP, the second-largest by purchasing power parity, and accounts for approximately a quarter of global GDP.The United States is the world’s largest importer and the second-largest exporter of goods, by value.Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, it holds 29.4% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank very high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, median income, median wealth, human development, per capita GDP, and worker productivity.It is the foremost military power in the world, making up more than a third of global military spending,and is a leading political, cultural, and scientific force internationally.
The country is gradually displaying its full length of racial gap between the whites and the blacks using its police force to unleash racial terror on its fellow black citizens across all sphere.
The police around the world have one primary objective, “To protect lives and properties”. They are the exporter of democracy and the imposer of human rights but the recent events have proved otherwise and everything is exposed. The immaculately manicured, intricately choreographed and elaborately deodorized image has been exposed as a facade.
The viral video of the brutal assassination and murder of George Floyd and other racial cases have gone further to reveal the many racial gap in the country. On 25th May, a middle-aged black man was murdered in cold blood by a white police officer with his left hand in his pocket, the embodiment of evil and the fullest expression of inhumanity, who shall remain nameless, snuffed out life out of a fellow human being. The 46 year-old George Floyd begged for his life. He repeatedly stated, “I can’t breathe.” He called out for his mother.
He joins a long lineage of African American men and women murdered in cold blood by white police officers. The toil and blood of enslaved Africans built critical elements of the United States. Their blood continues to flow on the streets. Some were killed in their own homes in fatal mistaken identities and policing thuggery.
George Floyd and I were both arrested for allegedly spending a counterfeit $20 bill. For George Floyd, a man my age, with two kids, it was a death sentence. For me, it is a story I sometimes tell at parties. That, my friends, is White privilege.— Mark D. McCoy (@m_d_mccoy) June 1, 2020
Mainstream American society, until now, has shown little concern about these.
From France, Germany, UK and Australia, many people around the world are sickened and disgusted by the assassination of George Floyd and other senseless killings in the country. Governments of sub-Saharan African states have been too internally troubled, rudderless and powerless to attempt any serious diplomatic intervention in the constellation of killings of people of African origins. We sold their ancestors into slavery. The underdevelopment of the continent continues to cheapen their lives. African Americans are regularly told, “go back to Africa if you don’t like it here”. The statement is generally meant and apprehended as an insult to the human race. We have seen thick darkness envelop in the country and a clear expression of man’s inhumanity to a fellow man in the last few days. Four police officers standing in the epicenter and on the cusp of history have thrown the most powerful country on earth into darkness. They are not the engineers; they merely did a short shift as technicians. They are an extreme example of a much deeper and sophisticated problem.
In the last few years, we have seen and experienced the full length of systemic racism in school, place of work, gardens, streets and homes. In all sense humanity, we should be agents of light in the world’s darkness. The measure of your education and humanity will be reflected in how you treat those individuals. You may need to speak up even when it is not convenient. The black woman who needs that job, the refugee, the young mother, the Aboriginal man, those at-risk youth downtown or in rural areas, among others, may need you to be an ally and speak out when they have no voice or are not in the room. Do not ignore injustice around you. Do not simply tell them to get on with it. By all means, allow everyone around you to breathe. Do not withhold oxygen from them.
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Reminder No one is born racist. Please stop the hate. Please end racism. I cannot comprehend any part of it. We are all humans. We are one. We all matter. For George Floyd and for every person who has suffered from the hands of hatred, be the light and make a change. This cannot continue! We must be better. We must love now! ✌🏽✌🏾✌🏿Peace xx G.M #GentlemanModern #Peace #Love #StopTheHate #WeAreOne #stopracism #endracism #antiracism #fightracism #georgefloyd #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforfloyd #notoracism #blacklivesmatter
We all have to embrace every human race, color, religion and culture to sustain and maintain the powerful seat of the world. We need to inculcate the right virtues of human-friendly relationship with our children and siblings because we are all we have as a people.
How long before we all get killed by racism?