It’s been a week. The absolute helplessness, agony to rage is still blazing like wildfire. The last few days has been an emotional rollercoaster, how can one possibly grasp this reality. A black man repeatedly saying “I can’t breath” lying face down as the white police man forces his knee on his neck while 3 other officers watch on. Those days as tears roll down my eyes and many others I wonder when did this become our reality? At what point did this become our society?
Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Walter Scott and now Floyd: the long list of black men who died as a result of encountering the wrong law officer at the wrong time continues. At what point do we declare enough is enough.
Racial injustice is still the Negro’s burden and America’s shame.Martin Luther King Jr May 10 1967
There seems to be a different kind of law when the colour of your skin is Black. The protests only highlights how deeply rooted systematic racism is. It’s not only that the police offers freely feel they are above the law, at every turn they are protected despite their inhuman actions. It took 4 days to charge the officer Derek Chouvin while 3 others walking free when George Floyd had to lose his life.
As the whole of United States mourn one more life lost to yet another shameful action of an individual protected by the state, the president sitting at the White House night after night tweets in support of oppression: “when the looting starts the shooting starts”; declaring ANTIFA as a terrorist organisation to inciting violence against journalists. It doesn’t get much darker than this.
Chauvin’s work history at the Minneapolis Police Department includes more than 15 conduct complaints over his 19 years with the department.
Almost all the complaints were closed without discipline, police internal affairs records show, suggesting the allegations weren’t sustained. Although the nature of the compliments aren’t made public it only goes to show lack of action, regulation within the system. With all of this how are public supposed to have trust on the institution where at every turn power is abused and ultimately costing life. How can we continue like this?
In truth the cell phone camera has offered more protection to Black Americans than any law enforcement agency, court, prosecutor, elected official, or news organization. It may be why I felt shocked and yet not so shocked because the truth of this statement is everything that is wrong with our society: “The fact that he had been born, that he wasn’t in a jail cell somewhere, was not by dint of his pulling himself up by the bootstraps, not by hard work or belief in the American Dream, but by mere chance.”
We are amidst the darkest days of our generation with battling global health emergency to fighting a race war that gets more deeper and uglier with each day.
This will fall on Minneapolis and the US to bring those to justice and rightly so. But this falls on the whole world from UK, Spain to Italy to tackle the race war. Just because it’s not as visible as in America —it is present everywhere.
This is a call out for change, and I mean radical changes, changes at the top, for policitians who need to deliver on their promises by acknowledging movements like BLACK LIVES MATTER. They will find allies in police officers such as those in New Jersey who have marched with protesters, or the police chief in Atlanta who condemned the use of Tasers by her officers and went out into the streets to listen to demonstrators. Because this cannot continue like this.
It’s up to all of us to fight for injustice, make our voices heard. This is not the time to be silent. There’s just too much pain and suffering. To all those young black Men who always are the victim of these horrendous crimes; the grieving family. The life that are taken away too soon. It is for them. It is for all of us to join together, we as a collective WE regardless of the colour of skin to stand together in solidarity.
So please —if you live in America VOTE ON NOVEMBER 3rd. You can educate yourself or donate here.
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