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We Must Demand Justice for George Floyd

Last updated on September 27, 2020

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

MINNEAPOLIS – This past Monday, a forty-six-year-old black man named George Floyd tragically died after a white police officer knelt on his neck. The police officer and three others have been fired and are being investigated by the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension according to NBC News.

During the altercation, Floyd began to plead. 

“Please, please, please, I can’t breathe,” the man begged. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can’t breathe.” Furthermore, despite the onlookers and Floyd’s pleas, the officers did not budge or make any attempt to stop the assault. 

As a result of his death, Minneapolis protests have sparked.

“Minnesota Governor Waltz said that he supported peaceful demonstrations but that the destruction on Wednesday night warranted further action to keep the peace. During the protests, the police fired tear gas and rubber bullets as people set buildings on fire and looted stores.”

Waltz proceeded to declare a state of emergency and activated the national guard according to the New York Times.

Waltz said, “Unfortunately, some individuals have engaged in an unlawful and dangerous activity, including arson, rioting, looting, and damaging public and private property.”

A few months ago, I wrote about the protests in Hong Kong

In the article, I expressed my support for the people of Hong Kong but I disagreed with some of their methods for retaliation.

I wrote, “To be clear, I support Hong Kong’s message, but not some of the means to enforce that message. It is imperative to understand one can not protest immorality with immoral actions.”

In the beginning, the Hong Kong people protested peacefully and did not harm anyone. However, as the situation escalated, riots broke out, fires erupted, and people were arrested at high rates. 

The same applies now. 

It is simply not logical to riot and loot stores in the name of peace. I understand we are angry and passionate about this issue, but that does not warrant specific behaviors. Obstructing property, recklessly endangering lives, and constantly stealing are not justified in any manner regardless of the circumstances. 

However, the fact remains the four police officers that killed Floyd are morally egregious human beings. Their actions were negligent, irresponsible, malicious, immoral, and illegal.

“To Protect and to Serve.” 

It’s the motto of the LAPD and plastered on the doors of thousands of police cars. It is a creed that rings in the minds of many officers wearing a badge and holstering a firearm. As a law enforcement profession, they have an obligation to be more morally upstanding than their fellow citizen and not less. 

The badge they wear on their uniform should represent the need to responsibly use their power for the benefit of society and not for self-interest. What transpired in Minneapolis on that fateful day was a disgrace to society and to the concept of responsible policing. 

Overall, we must understand that unification begins with every single person. Responding to hatred with hatred does not do anything to our culture. Fueling the fires of discourse by marginalizing people into specific races will not solve anything. If we continue to address someone by noting their race and not attributing what makes them unique, we will separate ourselves from others. We must realize that the color of our skin does not speak to who we are as a person.

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

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