There are lots of things I want to write about, but I can’t get the ongoing situation with what has transpired over the murder of George Floyd out of my head. This is an ugly, depressing disaster on many levels & words alone do not seem adequate to describe what happened or where we go from here.
From what I can tell, we are at a time & place where there is considerable uncertainty about what happens next. I find I am greatly bothered by aspects of this ongoing story & some of them aren’t even being mentioned in all the conversation.
We are involved in a scenario where a police officer murders George Floyd, a good & gentle man, while others, including other cops, watch what’s going on for almost 9 minutes, We are starting to hear more talk about how the racism that exists in many police departments & I absolutely believe that racism exists.
When I think about the cop who killed George Floyd, I can only wonder what kind of soul-less excuse for a human being might think that this is an acceptable way to act. It turns out that the killer has a long history of abusive behavior while in uniform & nothing was done to alter his behavior. By me, that man is the worst kind of bully.
I also find the actions of those people who were present to be deplorable. Basically, the systemic racism that exists produced people who did absolutely nothing while watching a good man be murdered. Does police officer training include sessions about having compassion for our fellow human beings who can use a helping hand? Were those officers absent from class on the day that information was taught?
If I had been present on that day when George Floyd was murdered, would I have risked getting sprayed, beaten up & jail time. While I’d like to believe I would have had the guts to save a man’s life, regardless of what consequences I might experience, I suspect I wouldn’t have done all that much either.
At this point, I want to say something about the way that people conduct themselves when they go to demonstrations, protests, rallies & other events that attract people from all parts of the political spectrum. As Americans, we are guaranteed the right to freedom of speech, but what’s often not said is that exercising that right comes with consequences, many of which cannot be predicted.
By now, it should be obvious to most people that when you go to a public event, you have put yourself in a time & place where not everybody is going to respect your right to express yourself. In fact, there are people in the world who would be perfectly fine with running you over with their truck & killing you.