GEORGE FLOYD

It is impossible to not talk about the George Floyd’s murder in the US. The word “murder” is the adequate word to describe what happened to him. You know what? Let’s go back to the basics; according to webster’s dictionary, murder is “the crime of unlawfully killing a person especially with malice aforethought”. The last two words describe the intent and the premeditation behind the killing. Perhaps, that is why they are charging that disgusting officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck with second degree murder, which is “a deliberate killing that occurs without planning and does not fall under any of the categories of first degree murder”.

It will be impossible to prove that disgrace of a police officer planned to kill George Floyd. I am no legal expert, but I believe that is why they went for a second-degree murder charge, which carries a sentence of 40 years behind bars. The Gods willing, the psychopath will spend half his life behind bars and will die there. Personally, I even hope other inmates will make his life hell. I am talking about vengeance when others are looking for justice. And I ask you…Is there a prison sentence that could ever do justice to what happened to George Floyd and his family? What could possibly give them solace? I don’t know and I don’t ever want to be in their shoes.

4 officers handcuffed him and put him on the ground. It took 4 cowards to do that. At that very moment, handcuffed and lying on the ground, he was a danger to no one. Yet, that disgrace of a human being wearing a badge, who had at least 17 complaints during his nearly two decades on the force, put his knee on Floyd’s neck, suffocating him. He put his knee on a handcuffed man laying on the ground. I have tried to understand the logic behind that action. I still cannot get it. Why the knee? Why that sort of humiliation? Why keep the knee there?

Those 8 excruciating minutes and 46 seconds where a man’s life slowly left his body and his soul, are unbearable. The whole incident was filmed and thank God it was. Watching it felt like voyeurism, however. It felt like a violation of human decency because it was a murder being committed live, with no interruption, in front of our very eyes. But…the greatest indecency was committed by the psychopath who suffocated George Floyd. He killed him and did so without blinking or seeming to care. Perhaps he knew, he would be protected by the police union. He knew he could kill with impunity. He knew he could kill people of color and no one would raise their voice and perhaps even care.

As his knee was on George Floyd’s neck, the fucking cop had his hand in his pocket, casually looking around him, as if he was having a beer on the porch of his house. In the video, anyone can easily hear George Floyd pleading for his life, asking to be let go, imploring that murdering psychopath to take his knee off his neck. Then, we can hear George Floyd say, out of breath, “I can’t breathe”. He utters that sentence repeatedly to no avail. There is no answer, no relief, no consideration for his life. Finally, we hear him calling out for his mother, the woman that raised him and who had passed away 2 years ago. A grown man called for his mother. This isn’t machismo. I am not dismissing the man’s feelings. I am simply saying that I have never called for my mother and I am a mama’s boy. I guess I haven’t been scared or desperate enough. I hope I never have to do that.

Can anyone imagine how scared and desperate he must have been to call for his mother with his last breath? As life was leaving his tortured body, he called for his mother. He went back to his childhood, seeking his mother, his own superhero to come and protect him, the way all little boys do when they are scared. We all used to call out for our parents when we were kids and scared.

It is impossible to comprehend how angry, scared, terrified, horrified, desperate, he must have been. No one could ever muster enough empathy to comprehend what happened to the young brother.

I have no desire to watch the video again. Nevertheless, if anyone watches the video, and they don’t feel any anger, desperation, fear, disgust, then I am not afraid to say, those people are fucking psychopaths, first and foremost. They are racists for sure, yet, they have empty hearts, empty and dark souls. If you watch that video and you don’t see a human being in George Floyd, if you don’t see a guy being killed by a psychopath, then you are a fucking psychopath. It takes one to know one, after all.

How can a person not relate to the case? How can they not see the evil, not bad, the evil, in that video? How can a person not feel any compassion towards another human being? There was no decency, no humanity, no empathy, nothing.

George Floyd was treated in that inhumane way because he was black. That fucking killer took his life because he was black. George Floyd was arrested because he was black. His blackness was the main problem, not the counterfeit 20$ he was carrying. His blackness was the problem in the eyes of that racist cop. George Floyd was arrested, disrespected, mistreated and eventually killed because he was black.

I am not going to go into the complex and complicated issues related to the weight of slavery and racism, systemic racism, oppression, discrimination, over policing, mass incarceration, lack of social and economic opportunities, that keep black people down, making them second class citizens. The anger they feel, the anger we all feel is real. The danger black people are in, on a day to day basis, in the US, is real. As I said a few days ago, blackness is never the problem; racists are the problem. Black people live with that fear and racism every day.

Be angry. Be outraged. Talk to people about your outrage and your anger. Voice it. Do not keep inside. Let it out. Demand change. Be part of the change. How? There are so many ways to help. You need to simply google.

The anger isn’t going anywhere. I just hope it doesn’t blind us too much and we end up walking around blind before making any impactful change, the kind of change that will help black people be safe, feel secure, feel seen and understood.

Fuck racism and fuck racists! If you ever consider even a bit that officer’s side of the story, then fuck you too! There is no side to his story. He is a psychopathic racist killer who should be in jail for the rest of his life. That is his side of the story!

Just one man’s opinion.

Now smile and go on with your day!

Freeman. B

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