At this point we all know there is anger across the world and fueling on the streets as the protests for George Floyd’s murder turned into riots. It is justifiable anger; the death of George Floyd is yet another unarmed African American murdered at the hands of a White police officer. “Another” meaning there’s been previous killings. I read a comment on another blog that sparked inspiration this post; it was made by a White Woman and I found her comment very disturbing. In her comment she stated, ”I’m saddened and shocked by George Floyd’s death but I’m more shock at the response.” Personally, I don’t agree with the rioting and the destruction, but when you are more outraged about the rioting than the murder of African Americans, it exposes what your heart really feels and what you really think. For the record, I’m not lumping all White people into this category, all White people do not think like this.
A PROBLEM WHICH WONT BE SOLVED BY RIOTS
For those who are more focused on the riots than the murder that took place are saying things like: there is a more mature and reasoned response. I want to know why you aren’t saying things like: why the police officers responsible for this unnecessary use of force still have their badges? Why did it take so long for authorities to arrest the officer who was caught on video pinning George Floyd to the ground with his knee to Floyd’s neck, when Floyd’s hands were obviously behind his back and he was on the ground unarmed and was not a threat? What can authorities and the community do to improve the relationship between both sides and the judicial system, so this type of situation does not continue?
In my humble opinion, this is a problem that won’t be solved through marching and petitions though I totally respect and support people’s right to protest. George Floyd’s family will be leading in what they have publicly stated a “peaceful protest” today in Houston in honor of George Floyd.
A riot is the language of the unheard
Listen…no, the police brutality and unjust killings does not justify the riot that erupted and resulted in destruction and looting. But as the great late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated, “ a riot is the language of the unheard.” To focus on the looting and the damage, you totally miss the point. Was it not for the unjust and unnecessary killing of George Floyd along with the repeated history of police misconduct against people of color, there wouldn’t be any protest. It is sad that unarmed Black Americans are more likely to be killed by the police than an armed White person. But the threat doesn’t just stop there, it comes from people like a White woman who called the police on a Black man who was out bird watching who had the audacity to ask her to put her dog on a leash. A Starbucks manger calling the Police to arrest two Black men who were just waiting to meet a business partner.There is not an exhaustive list there have been countless of others who were killed due to the color of their skin.
People of color wouldn’t have the freedom and the privileges we have today if it wasn’t for the voices of Dr. King, Rosa Parks and countless of others who refused to remain silent and be ignored, don’t let their labor be in vain.