-#GloriaIsaac: Black lives Matter
The tragic story of George Floyd, a 46-year old black man has been trending for a while now. He died in police custody after a white officer handcuffed him and kneeled on his neck for several minutes as Floyd pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.
Crowds gathered around the 3rd precinct police station in Minneapolis and set the entrance of the police station on fire. In other places, businesses were looted and blazes were set. The police department in St. Paul reported that about 170 businesses had been damaged. All these were in protest of the fate that befell Floyd.
The charges against Derek Chauvin (the former officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck) has recently been expanded to include a more serious second-degree murder, which was added to the charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The other three officers – Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng (they helped to restrain Floyd) and Tou Thao, who stood nearby, are being charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Andre Henry, on medium.com, wrote an article on America’s white supremacy and antiblack violence. He narrated the story of a white woman who called 911 because Christian Cooper (a black man of no relation) confronted her for allowing her dog to go about unleashed in an area of New York City’s Central Park where leashes were required.
He wrote, ‘‘The first thing Amy Cooper seemed to know is that, as a white woman, she stands above Black people in the racial hierarchy. She knows she is the image of the slave master and he the image of the enslaved, the non-Human — which might explain why she seemed to exhibit offense that a Black man had the gall to hold her accountable to the leash policy of The Ramble.”
He further stated that Amy also seemed to know that in America’s imagination, she’s the image of the pure, innocent damsel in distress and the black man is perpetually the image of the dangerous criminal.
”I’m not saying that Amy Cooper is a supervillain — that she deliberated decided within herself to intentionally expose a man to the police. I’m saying that white America is so thoroughly rehearsed in antiblackness that they often don’t have to think about it to perform it. But that is not the same as ignorance.” he concluded