It took just one man’s death.
Correction. It took another black man’s death.’
Correction. It took another black life taken away prematurely to spark what has been civil unrest in the United States of America. Protests, demonstrations, and riots have been happening since George Floyd was killed by a police officer in what has sparked the wildest reactions concerning racism and systemic and institutionalized racism leading to the inhumane treatment of people of color.
The reactions blew up on Twitter and since footage of George Floyd appeared online, it has been circulated on social media. Other deaths similar to these in the past and recently have resurfaced and have spread far and wide. But for most of the tweets, posts, and comments that were being passed, there was a feeling that this wasn’t going to end in just another hashtag. There was an ominous feeling that things would break out, especially since the officer responsible for the killing had only been fired from his job and arrested. And break out they did.
A total of 20 cities across the United States have recorded either protest, demonstrations, riots, clashes with police or looting, and destruction of public property. Pictures and videos have surfaced online, with civilians clashing with officers of the law. They have been nothing but violence. Stores have been lit up on fire, looting is occurring at a rapid rate and the destruction to public property has taken a huge increase. Let’s not forget, amidst all this, the corona hasn’t gone anywhere. And the number of people involved in the protests and demonstrations has been massive, but America doesn’t have time to think about the infection rate concerning the virus; the country is falling into chaos and these cities are inspiring rude awakenings elsewhere leading to destruction all around.
The National Guard may have been deployed, but this will take some time to blow over. Certainly for us spectators from this side of the world, we don’t see it coming to an end any time soon. The reason being that, the circumstance in which George Floyd died, has reopened a wound that black people all over, have had to deal with over and over again without ever seeing justice. They say don’t keep poking a bear because you might regret it. Well America, this is it. The issue isn’t just the fact that another black man was killed, it’s because nothing was done immediately to the officer that took his life.
They did arrest him eventually and charge him with murder and manslaughter but by then, the tempers had already boiled over. People have already had enough of having to be stuck at home because of this pandemic, this just came around to motivate them to stand for a just cause. A cause they have been fighting for pretty much their whole life. Say what you will about all that is happening now, but it’s not going to stop at all. Because when these things happen, and this is not the first time, it means it is a cry of the unheard voices of people.