What about George?
The country was horrified by a video released showing an officer slowly killing a suspect by pressing his knee into the man’s neck until he was unconscious and then dead. Three other officers stood by and allowed this to happen. All were caught on video and released on social media.
The country came together in outrage for this man who was killed.
We all spoke his name. George Floyd. We all recited his words, “I can’t breathe.”
All people came together in one singular message – “We need change.”
Change is needed
Protesters came together all across the country to peacefully protest the actions of brutality from a group of people whom we are supposed to rely on for protection. Police officers joined in with the protesters to show solidarity with the communities. Everyone was united in a single message.
Then suddenly, just like that, the name George Floyd seemed to disappear from the media and on city streets. What happened?
Antifa and criminal looting groups happened.
They hijacked the moment. They did what they are paid and trained to do; create chaos, hurt people, commit arson, and spark criminal behaviors. And make no mistake, they couldn’t care less about George Floyd
The once meaningful peaceful protests that began as a way to honor the victim and show solidarity of all Americans, are now stories of violence and destruction that are playing out on social media and the mainstream media constantly.
The level of chaos that is being fueled by the lack of leadership in the states is unacceptable. We can not have complete lawlessness. You can not excuse these actions by suggesting it is a result of George Floyd’s death. These are anarchists. They are criminals. They are thugs.
Do you know who should be furious with these criminals? The black community. You are being used and it is wrong.
No one wants protests to stop. Protesting is a basic right guaranteed to all Americans. It is the way our voices are heard. It is vital that this right remains pure.
But again, these are no longer protests. They are riots. They are criminal. They are hurting the cities that are allowing them to happen. It must stop.
You also have those who are using this crisis as a political pawn. Democrats are doing everything they can to USE this to push back against the President they don’t support. Support for the President, whomever it is, during a crisis should be strong whichever side of the aisle you sit on.
We should pay attention to those who are blaming others but doing nothing and remember to vote against them at the polls. The fact that they would use this event to bolster their political message is sickening. We must make them realize that is not ok. We can do that with our vote.
So again I ask;
Where is George?
We have to put George back in the conversation. Keep our eye on the ball. Don’t let the noise of those with a sinister agenda overtake the voices of those screaming for peace and justice. Don’t let the anarchist hijack the peaceful protests.
Say his name – George Floyd.
Recite his words – I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe
Don’t let the evil win. Don’t let the opportunists take the moment away from the real message. Don’t forget the real reason we are coming together.
Say his name – George Floyd
Recite his words – I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.
Let’s not have to ask where George is in the coming weeks, months, years. Keep his memory alive so his death is not in vain.
And remember, we are in this together. All Americans no matter what race, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation, we are all together in making this country the best for all of its citizens.
America is the best country in the world. I truly believe that. But we still can be better. Let’s be better together.