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Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook, the ENTIRE internet has been bombarded by the recent murder of George Floyd. In the video, you can hear Floyd saying weakly, “I can’t breathe”, “They gon’ kill me” while the police officer, Derek Chauvin rested his knee and the full force of his body weight on Floyd’s neck.
I was purposely putting off writing this article because I didn’t want to watch the video; I didn’t want to see what was going on in this world. But in efforts to stand against the crime and violence against black people, it is vital that I put my feelings aside and muster up the courage to show my support for #blacklivesmatter.
I am a BLACK woman; I am a Jamaican woman. I am a black woman in business carrying a lot of baggage with me. Growing up I have always loved America but with the increasing violence against black people, I cannot help but wonder, what if this was my son, husband, father, brother, uncle, nephew, grandfather? What if this was me?!
I write this article with tears in my eyes as I see a black man lying on the floor with a white police officer placing his body weight on his neck. THE NECK! The neck that supports the weight of our head and transports information from our body to our brain and vice versa. The neck that when compressed will close off the air to the lungs that will stop you from breathing.
I cannot help but think about how wild animals such as lions, jaguars, cheetahs, tigers, etc kill their prey. They sink their teeth in the prey’s neck cutting off their air, suffocating it until it dies.
Damn. I knew this sounded familiar.
I am annoyed. I am frustrated. I am furious. I am confused.
Is this what they teach these police offers in training school? Where in the world is it okay for persons in authority to treat a citizen as such? Why is this ok? Why would you even think of doing this?
It’s ironic, isn’t it? The way of the world and how things are run. Trained police officers’ first instinct is always to shoot first but we, the citizens, are expected to remain calm with a bullet aiming for our heads.
One thing that must be mentioned about this Minneapolis police officer is that not only was he subject of more than 10 formal complaints but was also involved in three police shooting incidents within his 19 years on the job. After this incident with Floyd, the only thing that was done was he lost his job. That’s it. No criminal investigation, no jail time, no penalties. Just loss of employment for murdering a human being.
I guess this is what Donald Glover meant when he said in his song, This is America
This is America (skrrt, skrrt, woo)
Don’t catch you slippin’ now (ayy)
Look at how I’m livin’ now
Police be trippin’ now (woo)
Yeah, this is America (woo, ayy)
In conclusion, it is obvious no government, group nor protest will ever be able to stop the crime and violence against my brothers but I think we must take a look into who is being recruited to carry guns to ‘protect’ our citizens. This is murder, M-U-R-D-E-R not Police Brutality.
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