You may have heard the news. Yet another Black man was killed by a police officer. You may have seen the video or images of the incident, wooing a white police officer with his knee on the neck and throat of a Black man, who was clearly struggling to breathe. That Black man died.
His name is George Floyd.
And with that we add to the long list of names like Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Phliando Castile, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling, Walter Scott, Oscar Grant, Tamir Rice, and countless other Black men, women, and children who have been killed by the hands of police. Time and time again with these cases, little to nothing is done about it. A cop may get fired. In the case of Eric Garner, it took four years to fire the officer in question. Even more rare does an officer get tried and convicted.
At this point I shouldn’t have to point out how wrong this is. I shouldn’t have to point out all anyone has ever asked for in these cases is some accountability. At the very least there should be some empathy for those who passed. I see very little of either in these cases and that bothers me greatly. It should you too.
This is all just one of the many symptoms of the systematic racism this country was frankly founded on from its origins 400 years ago. From day one Blacks were treated as less. Until whites decide this is really a problem, I don’t see it changing anytime soon.
George Floyd should be alive today. May he find justice.