Black lives matter. Proof that white supremacy is still prevalent. Justice for George
Black Lives Matter is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community that campaigns against violence and systematic racism towards black people.
The movement started in the year 2013, with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen, Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Zimmerman shot Martin, who was unarmed, during a physical altercation between the two. Zimmerman, injured during the encounter, claimed self-defense in the confrontation. However, this incident sparked a national debate over racial profiling and the role of armed neighborhood watch members in law enforcement.
The movement became nationally recognized for street demonstrations following the deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
On the 25th of May 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a police officer’s knee. The incident was recorded in a video by a bystander and was shared widely on social media on the 26th of May, Tuesday.
The explosive footage led to community outrage. This incited large protests in Minneapolis on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The mostly peaceful protest, which started at 4 pm outside the Hall of Justice turned violent about 6 pm when hundreds of protesters entered the Hollywood Freeway, near Alameda Street and some demonstrators shattered the windows of two CHP cruisers.
The chain of events that led to Floyd’s death began when a Cup Foods employee called 911, suspecting that Floyd had tried to use a fake $20 bill. Security footage provided to The Washington Post showed squad cars pulling up outside the store.
Minutes later, after a brief struggle, a handcuffed Floyd was dragged out of the vehicle by two officers who then placed him against the wall. He was questioned and taken across the street, stumbling and still handcuffed. What happened next was captured in a the-now viral video.
“I can’t breathe… please stop”, Floyd said repeatedly to the officers who nevertheless continued to choke him, pinning his neck to the ground, until he went limp. An increasingly distraught group of onlookers pleaded with the police, telling them, “Get off his neck’. By the time the paramedics arrived, Floyd was unresponsive and had no pulse. Several bystanders told them that the police were responsible for his death, “they killed that man”.
An F.B.I investigation initiated into the incident, the four police officers involved in the incident have been fired.
Floyd’s killing has brought back memories of 2014, killing of Eric Gardner by policemen in New York.
Black people have always been victims of police brutality. They are always targeted by white people. The worst part is that white people get away with anything, they try to justify their actions by saying things like “it’s not about the race” when it’s all about the race.
On the 2nd of May 2019, a black cop was convicted of killing a white woman in Minneapolis. This was reportedly an accident yet he had to serve 12 years in prison. But the white cops who brutally killed George Floyd are on a paid leave. What kind of justice is this even?
White supremacy is extremely prevalent even now. For all those who don’t know what white supremacy is – White supremacy or white supremacism is the racist belief that white people are superior to people of the other races and therefore should be dominant over them.
White people refuse to believe that white supremacy is prevalent only because they don’t face the kind of racism black people do.
George Floyd literally begged for his life. He repeatedly asked the officers to stop. But those barbarous maniacs wouldn’t…
When will there be equality? When will justice be delivered? Will black people always have to live in terror?