George Floyd murdered in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of Minneapolis, a place where I passed through frequently on my way to the University of Minnesota. I was shocked and furious. It was Complex Time for trump that the city offered love and care to strangers. I was suddenly in the international limelight for an act of extreme brutality, and it pained me to see so many suffer as a result.
Initially, I had chose not to watch the video that captured George Floyd’s death because the CNBC story I read on the incident gave graphic details. What Floyd voiced as he lies there on the ground with a knee on his neck, “I can’t breathe,” later became a testimony, encompassing the plight of marginalized peoples across the globe. No wonder it was became an international slogan overnight.
Artist Aksa works on a mural of George Floyd at Stevenson Square, Manchester, Britain.
At the outset of the official narrative painted George Floyd as a criminal who had supposedly resisted as an arrest. As I finally watched the policeman’s video which was holding the Floyd down and it was even more heartbreaking, there were a considerable number of spectators and other policemen who were made no effort to interven as the world knows now, Floyd did not resist arrest.
Could the red-hot sentiments determine the future direction?
Campaign Zero, an NGO was engaging with police reforms, Fatal Force, a database was maintained by the Washington Post, and establish that African Americans were disproportionately affected by the policing in place. Black people were twice as to be shot and killed by law enforcement compared to White Americans.
To refocus on the issues of policing, include police brutality, excessive force and the lack of accountability, persisted in contemporary America. From 2013 onwards, there had been around 1,100 deaths every year. Why things have remained the same as a Complex Time involving several factors.
Revolution, Reform, or Cosmetic change? May it Complex Time for Trump?
Currently, the US stood at a precipice. The protests had put the very soul of America at shake. The greatness of the US was put to test. The events following the Black Lives Matter protests were unfolding in a manner like the beginning of the Suffrage movement in the 1920s and the Civil Rights Movement in ’60s both of which contributed to progress towards equality of rights in the US.
The reaction of George Floyd might not have the necessary ingredients for revolution. Although the enormous energy and sacrifices of the protesters reflect their commitment to the cause, the organization and leadership are not part of the movement mentioned above.
Visibly, the waves of anger and glaring injustice had prepared the ground for institutional reforms in the policing system. Racial inequality was likely to make a better part of political agendas shortly soon, particularly the presidential election in November 2020.
On the other hand, Trump had made abundantly clear while brandishing a bible in front of St John’s Church minutes after protestors had forcibly removed from the site. His attention is on his conservative support.
A cosmetic change is was not likely to satisfy the public yearning for systemic change. The status quo was doomed. The protestors were consistent in their demands while braving Covid-19. And, it is a Complex Time to their conviction against injustice and hate.
How had public opinion sensitized to the political impact?
Discounting the political effect of George Floyd’s killing that the event had also sensitized public opinion about the police’s attitude towards African-American lived in the U.S. A fresh crop of activists had joined the cause. The protests were likely to strengthen the demand for systemic changes and safeguards against police excesses. It would also raise awareness that the historical marginalization of sections of society based on identity or origin.
It is heartening to see that many police officers in the US have responded to the protests positively. Recognizing the injustice at play, many joined the protestors and successful in keeping the marches peaceful.
A large number of Americans have been come to regard racism as a grave injustice, which is fundamentally an-American. It was seen as against the nature of progress as human beings, the idea of preservation and respect for life.
Furthermore, it was now seen as against the very principles of personal freedom and liberty which the US claimed to stand for. The American Constitution read, “All the men were created equal.” There is no asterisk, no conditions- instead, the period expresses totality and finality.
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