the murder of George Floyd in america – anger, fear, hatred, uprising


Videos of the killing of a 46-year-old black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25th. by four policemen responding to a call concerning a fake $20 bill allegedly passed at a nearby corner grocery store have spread as fast as Covid-19 in nursing homes and have been viewed more than once by hundreds of millions of people around the world.

No video viewer is likely to forget the final nine minutes of George Floyd’s life in which he repeatedly begged for breath from policeman Derek Chauvin who sat nonchalantly with his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck while two other policemen, Thomas Lane and Alexander Kueng, held him down on the ground to further impede his breathing. Ton Thau, the fourth policeman, walked around the scene but also ignored Mr. Floyd’s cries for help.

The Minneapolis Police Department fired the four policemen this week. Yet, while local, state and federal agencies investigate the murder, no arrests have been made as of this morning. Black people and their allies are outraged by a failure of the justice system to press criminal charges against these four policemen, another failure in both a long and short list of police brutality against people of color – particularly black males – with no end in sight.

I am angry, but my anger is unlike the anger of our black citizens who must couple their anger with fear for their lives. As commentator Joy Reid said this morning, “Every black person in America now considers themselves to be hunted.”

As for the uprisings in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area this week, I rely on the words of Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who said a riot is the language of the unheard. Point taken. We must do better.

Finally, heed these words from Dr. King that hit home to me today as clearly as the daily death number updates from the Covid-19 pandemic:

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

We must do better.

Stay safe, stay sane and stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

About Sheila Morris

Sheila Morris is an essayist with humorist tendencies who periodically indulges her desires to write outside her genre by trying to write fiction and poetry. In December, 2017, the University of South Carolina Press published her collection of first-person accounts of a few of the people primarily responsible for the development of LGBTQ organizations in South Carolina. Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home will resonate with everyone interested in LGBTQ history in the South during the tumultuous times from the AIDS pandemic to marriage equality. She has published five nonfiction books including two memoirs, an essay compilation and two collections of her favorite blogs from I'll Call It Like I See It. Her first book, Deep in the Heart: A Memoir of Love and Longing received a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in 2008. Her writings have been included in various anthologies - most recently the 2017 Saints and Sinners Literary Magazine. Her latest book, Four Ticket Ride, was released in January, 2019. She is a displaced Texan living in South Carolina with her wife Teresa Williams and their dogs Spike and Charly. Her Texas roots are never far from her thoughts.
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14 Responses to the murder of George Floyd in america – anger, fear, hatred, uprising

  1. Wayside Artist says:

    Yes. We MUST do better. We must.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Do they never learn? Thank goodness for the ubiquity of mobile phones these days. As they say, violence on black people isn’t increasing, it’s just being filmed now.

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  3. Marsha Gregorich says:

    This climate for hatred to get so out of control is inexcusable. And now they arrested a CNN reporter and crew. No real reason. The answer “why” only that they were ” following orders”. There are no excuses for this horrific behavior. There are bad responses on both sides now. NO excuse for loss of life! No more excuses for this moral degradation.

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  4. Bob Slatten says:

    The aftermath and riots following this murder, because that’s what it is, were fanned by the lockdown, by 40 million unemployed, by the lack of response to the virus in communities of color. It was the imperfect storm.
    What we can do, and I speak as a white man, is every single time someone says something racist, you shut it down. Silence = complicity; silence emboldens the racist. Shut them down at every turn.
    What we can do is stand, in any and every way, with our communities of color, and march with them,work with them., speak to them, and listen to them.

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  5. cindy knoke says:

    We are watching the destruction of America by the Trump/Kushner administration and their hate filled racist supporters.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. donnajune66 says:

    I have no words.

    Liked by 1 person

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