Dear Floyd Family,
We are all sorry for your loss and a good man, George Floyd. Although he is gone, he will never be forgotten. George’s demise set off the nation and the world down a path of significance change. For that, we all owe you a debt of gratitude.
I am truly sorry you had to see your son, grandson, brother, uncle, father, nephew, and friend killed with such malice and inconsideration for human life. Sooner or later, we must face the question of what is the price of black lives, especially black men.
Unfortunately, America has always had very powerful image of black men being dangerous and needed to be handled appropriately. Historically speaking, black men are born guilty to anything a white person said he did. This silly notion that black men are inherently dangerous perpetuates white America’s view – which is racial inequality is cause by the action black people themselves rather than by an unjustified social contract. Along with the disparaging images of black men, the media increasing portray blacks men as incapable of being on the right side of the law with it comes to dealing with police. Far too many police operate under the pretense that black men are criminals; therefore, some police do not take the time to truly assess situations when they encounter black men. This trend is epitomized by the police verbiage of “I thought he had a gun,” I thought he was reaching for something,” or “he moved too suddenly.” As a result of this thinking by police, both District Attorneys and grand juries take the side of the police by not bring forth charges for killing unarmed black men.
Clearly, there are some racist people in our society and hence on the police force throughout this nation. Therefore, when the opportunity arises, some police will shoot first and ask questions later. These kinds of police are racist, evil, condescending, rude, forceful, and disrespectful to many in the black community; if racist were not the problem, black people could escape it. But such is not the case. No matter what the black man status is – he must be guilty of something that would make some police skeptical.
- Why do policemen continue to treat black men as three fifth (3/5) of a person? This treatment is not dissimilar to how slaves were counted & treated; 3 out of every 5 slaves were counted as a person for tax purposes in 1787. The congress at that time thought black slaves were not a whole person. This question and answer does not solely come from the police, but rather our elected politicians who constantly overlook the obvious ill treatment of black people for the sake of their jobs and/or constituents.
- Why did we have a recent presidential candidate – Hillary Clinton say, “they are not just gangs of kids anymore. They are often the kinds of kids that are called superpredators – no conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first, we have to bring them to heel.” This similar thinking is why and how some police see and treat black men. Apparently, all black men must heel.
The world sees the Floyd family as very religious and we all feel your pain. There is a master plan and George Floyd is a part of it.
All because of George Floyd:
- Minneapolis dismantling its police force.
- Some states have banned the chokehold.
- Some southern states have removed confederate statues and racist symbols.
- The Confederate flag has been removed from events.
- Professional sports have recognized the error of their ways and are making changes.
- College mascots are changing.
- Some states are banning the use of tear gas on protesters.
- Sweeping police reform in states.
- Black people have never fought & died for anything but to be treated equally.
- Black people fought in every war the United States ever participated in; and yet they are still treated less than human.
- Thank GOD we had video recording via cell phones & surveillance cameras because the officers would have likely made up a story about how George died.
- Many black males are a few minutes from ending up like George Floyd.
- If we are not honest about whom we were, who we are, and how we continue to be, nothing changes without more violence.
- Time for black people to vote out Mayors of cities in which they populate as Mayor’s hire police commissioners. It doesn’t matter if the Mayor is black; if things remain the same regarding the ill-treatment of black citizens, they all must go.
- We must thank the youth of all colors around the world as they are largely responsible for the protests. Great work. Thank you!!
- This race burden belongs to the world in general, and the USA in particular, because many of these dirty hands will remain unclean unless we lean on the side of the minorities everywhere.
- We will never forget your sacrifice George Floyd. RIP