Sunday, May 31, 2020


Photos: Mail Online

I saw the video. I made myself watch the full atrocity, hearing George Floyd’s hoarse whisper: “I can’t breathe” to Officer Derek Chauvin, pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes.
Would this be just one more instance of a black person’s death at the hands of a white policeman, followed by prolonged “investigations” that in the end might finally result in a firing, maybe, a civil lawsuit, maybe, a temporary removal from duty, maybe, or even a trial of the perpetrator, which all too often would result in an acquittal, but rarely, if ever, an arrest and charge of murder or even manslaughter.
Until George Floyd.
Now, across the nation, “I can’t breathe,” has become the rallying cry of nationwide protests against police brutality of Black Americans. And now, for the first time in my memory, we are witnessing a number of White public officials, such as Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, publicly connect police brutality against Black people to the 400-year legacy of slavery, pointing out how racism continues to permeate every aspect of American life: inequities in income, employment, housing, health care, education, and racism’s most blatant manifestation: repeated, constant, never-ending, pervasive police brutality against Black people.
Is anyone, who knows anything of our U.S. racist history, surprised at the protests now erupting across the nation, demanding that Derek Chauvin be arrested and charged for his blatant crime? Prolonged “investigations” by the FBI, which seldom if ever result in justice, can no longer be tolerated.
The suffused anger and outrage against injustice done to Black people for centuries is now exploding into mass protests, violence, and destruction of property across the land. In Minneapolis, the fury culminated in the iconic burning of the Third Precinct police station, where Derek Chauvin was stationed, along with the three other officers who were present at Floyd’s killing. At a press conference on the morning following the burning Mayor Frey said that seeing the situation accelerate, he had made the call for the police to flee the station, saying, “The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life.”
Some Americans have called for violence to be unleashed against the protesters. Indeed, at a time when we desperately need a national leader who can address these historic hurts and attempt to heal the nation, instead we get a White House occupant who fires across social media the warning: “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” In my opinion, that is the most inflammatory message anyone in authority could send to aggrieved Americans, righteously demanding centuries-long delayed police reforms. This “looting-shooting” threat has its own vile history, too, first uttered by Miami’s White Supremacist police chief in the 1960s against civil rights demonstrators who were raising their voices against racial segregation and demanding their Constitutional rights.
As a White American of privilege, I’ve never had to fear police crashing into my home or pointing a gun to my head after stopping me on the highway. But I totally believe and support African Americans, who tell story after story of abuse, life threats, or outright death at the hands of law enforcement. And at the apex of government-sanctioned killing, in our miserably racist criminal justice system, I have personally witnessed the legalized execution of African Americans at the hands of government officials. After thirty years’ experience with courts and prisons and execution chambers, I’ve seen just how riddled with racism our entire criminal justice system is, so why should we expect local police forces to be any different?
Now, in this pivotal moment of history, in the wake of George Floyd’s death, and in respectful memory of so many people of color who have died at the hands of police, may Floyd’s dying words, “I can’t breathe,” echo in our consciences and become our rallying cry as we join our Black brothers and sisters in the struggle for police reform, and complete reform of the criminal justice system, an institution rooted in racism.
Can any citizen breathe freely in a nation in which law enforcement officials, entrusted with serving and protecting our citizens, have themselves often proved to be the most feared, lethal threat of all?
Let us stand resolute: No more Black deaths at the hands of police.
Source: Sr. Helen Prejean's Facebook page, Sister Helen Prejean, May 30, 2020

(Ex-)Officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee
on George Floyd's neck and throat for nearly 9 minutes,
suffocating him to death. "I can't breathe, I can't breathe"
were George Floyd's last words.

Photo for the ages. Last Friday night (May 29, 2020), while we were dealing with a global pandemic with at least 106,000 people dead in the U.S., the worst job market since the Depression with more than 40 million people unemployed, and protests against racial injustice and institutional bigotry raging across the country, the White House turned off the lights and Trump hid in his bunker, unwilling to address the nation.

Trump taken to underground bunker
during Friday's White House protests

(CNN) -- As protesters gathered outside the White House Friday night in Washington, DC, President Donald Trump was briefly taken to the underground bunker for a period of time, according to a White House official and a law enforcement source.
The President was there for a little under an hour before being brought upstairs.
A law enforcement source and another source familiar with the matter tell CNN that first lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, were also taken to the bunker.
Late Sunday night, the White House cautioned staffers who must go to work on Monday to hide their passes until they reach a Secret Service entry point and to hide them as they leave, according to an email which was viewed by CNN.
The email repeated mandates for maximum telework status and said there is still an "elevated security posture" due to the protests.
Trump praised the Secret Service the next day for its handling of the protests outside the White House Friday night in the wake of George Floyd's death last week in Minneapolis.
The New York Times first reported Trump was taken to the presidential bunker.
On Saturday, only hours after the protests outside the White House had ended, Trump declared himself safe as he lashed out at the city's Democratic mayor and raised the prospect of his supporters gathering in place that night in what would amount to a counter protest.
In a series of tweets, Trump commended the US Secret Service for protecting him inside his fortified mansion Friday evening, saying he couldn't have felt "more safe" as protesters gathered outside over Floyd's death.
The President suggested that dogs and weaponry were waiting inside the gates.

In his Saturday morning Twitter messages, Trump did not seek to lower the temperature or console Americans who find themselves facing parallel health and racial crises.

The President on Thursday had used the threat of police retaliation and military intervention in Minnesota where protests turned violent and destructive -- saying on Twitter that "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
Trump's weekend tweets also invoked imagery tied to brutal civil rights-era police tactics. (CNN, June 1, 2020)

Bunker Bound Trump Hands Melania
Cyanide Pill Before Putting Gun To His Head

Draft dodger dodges again


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1 comment:

JiEL said...

This George Floyd last black murder is one more of many, many, black people who suffered of police brutality and social differenciation.

Don't put your head in the sand, this is going on for decades and even centuries in USA. This society is sick and that «virus» in the White House is putting more gaz on the fire.

Each time this «moronic president» is tweeting, he is raising hate and racism among is «deplorable base».
Saying in a tweet when a woman was kill by a raging car that «they're good people on both sides», is already showing that he is a sick old unfit «president».

USA is, again, going into a civile war.
Now the pandemic is still going on and what will happen now that all those are gathering to protest?
Black people is proven to be more at risk to be infected specially because or the poor healthcare they're able to have and all the hillness they suffer.

NO, America isn't Great Again.