BLACK LIVES MATTER came into existence due to mass dissents over the police killing of yet another black man in the United States spread globally in the past few days. As many protestors not only expressed solidarity with their American counterparts but denounced racism in their own countries.
“Racism is not getting worse, it’s getting filmed”
Even some sources uploaded an article titled, ‘Tyranny by Minnesota Police’? But shouldn’t it be, ‘Death of George Floyd’?
Perhaps the perpetrator is so big that we fail to objectify the victim.
WHY PROTESTS THOUGH?
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African-American man, died in the Powderhorn people group of Minneapolis, Minnesota. While Floyd was bound and lying face down on a city road during a capture, Derek Chauvin, a white American Minneapolis cop, kept his knee on the correct side of Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; as indicated by the criminal objection against Chauvin, 2 minutes and 53 seconds of that time happened after Floyd got inert.
Several observers recorded the occasion on their cell phones, with one video indicating Floyd rehashing “Please,” “I can’t breathe,” “Mama,” and “Don’t murder me” being generally coursed via web-based networking media stages and communicate by the media.
While knee-to-neck limitations are permitted in Minnesota in specific situations, Chauvin’s utilization of the strategy has been broadly condemned by law authorization specialists as inordinate.
Reason for the arrest
It began with a report of a fake $20 bill. A report was made on the night of 25 May, when Mr. Floyd purchased a pack of cigarettes from Cup Foods, a general store.
Believing the $20 bill he used to be counterfeit, a store employee reported it to the police. George Floyd sits in the car.
Then some police officers come near his car and force him out. After some time, they take him to the other side where the policeman’s car was.
A man took this video. In that video, it is clearly seen that three policemen are caught on George. A policeman is on his neck.
Due to this, he is having trouble breathing. He speaking repeatedly I can’t breathe. But those policemen are not listening. After some time, police call the Ambulance.
But he was gone forever.
This is not the first time in America. There is an old case in 2014 of a man named Eric Garner. He also died due to breathing problems. Not as surprising as it sounds, he also said the last three words “I Can’t Breathe”.
POLICE PROTOCOL- NOT FOLLOWED.
The official, Derek Chauvin, and three individual officials were terminated Tuesday from the Minneapolis Police Department, one day after the episode including George Floyd, whose cries of physical torment were recorded on a cell phone video and whose death led to a wave of violent protests Wednesday night in Minnesota’s largest city. Minneapolis police identified the other officers as Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao.
Derek Chauvin seen kneeling on the neck of an unarmed black man heard saying “I can’t breathe” multiple times before he died was a 19-year department veteran who was the subject of in any event twelve police direct protests that brought about no disciplinary activity and one that prompted a “letter of censure.”
The officer, who was praised for valor during his career, also once fired his weapon during an encounter with a suspect, records show.
The Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis, which represents the department’s 800-plus rank-and-file officers, asked the public not to rush to judgment before all video can be reviewed and a medical examiner’s report is released.
“Officials’ activities and preparing convention will be deliberately analyzed after the officials have given their announcements,” the association said on Tuesday. It did not immediately return a request for comment about Chauvin’s and the other officers’ options if they choose to contest their firings.
Clearly, the authorities were at fault too since they should have been much swifter in action though following the protocol.
The criticism thundered from the streets of Berlin, London, Paris, and Vancouver, British Columbia, to capitals in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Artists drew an anti-racism mural in a besieged part of Syria. Lebanese and Chilean dissidents offered guidance on security from police misuse.
Mass protests in London, Toronto, China, etc. were seen with one mission- Justice should be served.
SUPPORT BY OUR INFLUENCERS
Former First Lady Michelle Obama also joined the fray, saying she was “exhausted by the heartbreak that never seemed to stop”.
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Like so many of you, I’m pained by these recent tragedies. And I’m exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop. Right now it’s George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on. Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It’s up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets. I pray we all have the strength for that journey, just as I pray for the souls and the families of those who were taken from us. Artwork: @nikkolas_smith
After paying tribute to Floyd on her website, Beyoncé recorded a video message on Instagram calling for: ‘No more senseless killings of human beings and no more seeing people of color as less than human.’
Priyanka Chopra took to social media to write a strong message while explaining why this incident should not be forgotten.
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There is so much work to be done and it needs to starts at an individual level on a global scale. We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves and end this hate. End this race war here in the US, and around the world. Wherever you live, whatever your circumstances, NO ONE deserves to die, especially at the hands of another because of their skin color. On May 25th, George Floyd was pinned down by the neck by a Minneapolis police officer and died. He laid there, fighting for his life, struggling to breathe, and other officers just stood there and watched. The officer has now been charged with murder. George, I am praying for your family. ❤️ Text “FLOYD” to 55156 and sign the petition. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd
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We remember George Floyd and we remember every other Black life lost to police brutality, racial injustice, and white supremacy. Together, we fight for justice and #saytheirnames. Please watch our video, and share it on social media to keep our fight alive. #BlackLivesMatter
EFFECT ON US PRESIDENCY
On 2nd June 2020, US President Donald Trump declared he will end the rioting and violence (Black Lives Matter) that has come alongside the George Floyd protest movement, vowing to deploy the military if states do not use the National Guard to stop the unrest.
The US is going into another working week with neighborhoods wrecked, avenues on lockdown and political pioneers battling to control them across the nation overflowing of fury over police killings
US President Donald Trump has criticized a portion of the country’s governors on a phone call, portraying them as “powerless” despite fights. He later threatened to send the US military to states which did not control their protests by deploying the National Guard
Trump is not so much a child playing with matches as an arsonist hellbent on burning it all down, said LaTosha Brown, a civil rights activist and co-founder of Black Voters Matter warned
“In the event that it would take the devastation of the nation for him to ensure his position, he is eager. He has demonstrated that he is eager to slaughter each and everything in this nation, including its kin, on the off chance that it secures him.”
Well, if these were the consequences, it is pretty evident who will win the upcoming presidential elections. Certainly not Trump!
THE JIMMY FALLON BACKLASH
Jimmy Fallon received fresh backlash over his 2000 SNL appearance in blackface.
A week ago, the comic experienced harsh criticism following a “Saturday Night Live” cut from 2000 of him imitating Chris Rock in blackface remerged. “#JimmyFallonIsOverParty” began trending on Twitter.
Days after Fallon apologized for the SNL skit in which he used blackface to portray Chris Rock, The Tonight Show tweeted support for Black Lives Matter amid the George Floyd protests. “All races have had enough of the abuse of black lives,” he tweeted Saturday. “Things must change. Every one of us needs to be the change for good. #BeTheChange #BLACK_LIVES_MATTER.”
After he issued an apology, many celebrities came in to support him.
The official, Derek Chauvin, has been accused of third-degree murder and homicide and will show up in court one week from now. Three other cops have been terminated only because Black Lives Matter protests were widespread.
But now what plight Floyd’s family must be facing? Even after charging the culprits with murder or maybe getting them hanged isn’t going to bring George back? Will it.
All we can hope is that racism should see its end or else we would see a plethora of George Floyds’ deaths to witness in the coming years.
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