Updated: Jun 14, 2020
Unless you’ve been on a media fast for the past two and a half weeks, you know that George Floyd was murdered by a Minnesota police officer. Mr Floyd was handcuffed with his hands behind his back while two police officers pressed him in his back, pinning him to the ground. A third officer stood guard to block the view from the gathering crowd. The fourth officer, Derek Chauvin, held his knee in Mr. Floyd neck for almost 9 mins and snuffed the life out of him in front of our very eyes, knowing he was being recorded.
I must admit, I’ve only been able to watch about 5 seconds of the recording. When I heard how Mr. Floyd pleaded for his life, repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” and calling for his mother, my heart ripped into pieces. I cried like a baby. I still can’t watch that video. However, I was drawn to the image of officer Chauvin's face as he was killing Mr. Floyd surrounded with bystanders pleading on behalf of Mr. Floyd. I can only imagine what this officer thinking: “I’m untouchable. What are you gonna do about it?” It was a look of arrogance and pleasure.
This type of police brutality and hate crimes have become all too familiar in the black community. We were still reeling from heinous death of Ahmaud Aberey who was chased down and killed in Brunswick GA by three white men; Breonna Taylor who was killed in her bed when police in Kentucky stormed into her home with a no-knock warrant and killed her. Now, witnessing the violent death of George Floyd was the straw that broke the camel's back. This was the tipping point.
Despite the injustices of the past, I am hopeful that George Floyd and the precious lives that have been lost at the hands of police brutality and hates crimes that we've witnessed over the past ten years or more, I have a sense of hope that their deaths were not in vain. Here are just three reasons we should feel hopeful:
1. Mr. Floyd's death captured the world’s attention. It’s ironic that the world was in a lock down brought on by a global pandemic most have never experienced in our lifetime. P