I know this article is going to piss some people off and some are going to say we are minimizing an issue by taking this stance. Those that do come out strongly against us for this opinion or feel that way, should take a good, hard, long look at themselves and ask if they are racist, because racism is a two way street.
I have watched the videos. One while George was struggling and asking for help, and the second where George was laying motionless for four minutes with the officer’s knee on his neck the entire time. We have all seen the riots and we have seen the destruction. We were even in support of the riots when the destruction was toward police departments and government offices and agencies. When it transgressed to private businesses, it went into an area that it should have never gone. The question is how did things get there? That still remains to be answered.
Our conclusion is the same conclusion that we always have. This issue lost the battle the minute someone attached race to the subject. Sure, if you want to be racist then you can claim a myriad of colors were available, you can say there was directly a black man, a white man, and a yellow man, or light brown man, standing there responsible for that action, however you would be doing yourself and society a disservice to think in those terms. In today’s day and age assigning color and attaching race is a primal excuse to bring action for a losing cause that will never change until people change their way of thinking that suggests that if race is attached to an issue there will be change. It is a losing theory that only the misguided, the true racists, and our government thrives on.
In all of the videos, not at any time did any officer use a racial slur or take any action that would indicate George Floyd was treated differently because of his skin color. In fact, because the officers were operating according to procedure, they likely would have responded that way for any person of any color. Being in the business of fighting police brutality, I have seen it with all people no matter the color or the people’s skin. This past year, 2/3 more white people died at the hands of police officers. We didn’t do the count, but because race was made an issue, we looked it up. Issues should only become racial if there is overt racism shown, and mostly overt racism has not been shown since the 1960’s, but somehow people always manage to attach race to every issue without considering the damage that is being caused. The civil war is over, and so is racism in large part, though the Civil War had to do with a lot more things than just racism it is often eclipsed by the racial stigma. This is not to say that there are not still racists in the world, or acts of racism, however racism thrives and exists more with every attempt at attaching color to an issue. And, issues like what happened to George Floyd die, just as he did, without change to the primary cause when a color is assigned absent any overt connection other than simply being two men of different color skin involved, or in this case three…everybody seems to have overlooked the Asian officer that was involved, probably because it doesn’t fit in with the black/white agenda.
Let’s talk about the damage. First off, George Floyd will now forever be known as a black man. Well, that is fine and not racist at all in the context that he was born with black skin. There is nothing wrong with that, except that the fact that his black skin color is being used to catapult an issue of racism that should not exist. Color is not being used in the general sense. There is no reason that racism should exist today, and it continues to exist the more people attach a color to the issue. I prefer to think of George Floyd as a man, one of us, and there is no skin color involved with a member of humanity if you are truly not racist. Do we discriminate with dogs? Why do it with people? George Floyd was a man that was killed by another man that was trained to uphold the law, not break the law. That is the issue. Is that not a better, much stronger, more supportive issue when viewed as one man was killed by a police officer with the focus on an issue that plagues us all … police brutality?
Second, the minute race was interjected, the entire movement lost its steam. Our government depends on this. Main Stream Media proliferates it for dramatic reasons. MSM is the bad child that is always sitting on the sidelines inciting the incident to become more dramatic so they can sell more advertising. It would not surprise me if it turned out that the government was behind mentioning race to one of the media people first (it may not have been), but I can assure you that the government loves it when race is interjected into any major movement that may be bigger than they can control. It is a classic counter intelligence maneuver practiced in any war. Divide and Conquer. Interject race, and support for the cause lessens. Any racists that are in opposition of the race that is being victimized, step away (if they were even supportive in the first place, while they may have been supportive in the fight against police brutality). Then the people that are the opposite race and non-racial in their views also step away, because they don’t believe in racism and don’t want to be sucked into a race war since that is the exact opposite of defeating racism. Anybody that is non-racial would certainly rise to the cause of wrongdoing such as police brutality, but the minute the focus pivots to race, game over. Now with the loss of support, the government has succeeded in dividing the masses into smaller more manageable groups that are also easier to ignore and never make any change. In addition, it allows race to be looked upon negatively and causes racism to continue by associating a color with a bad or good act, victim or oppressor …etc. Divide and conquer is a strategy of war that has been used since before the medieval times and it will continue to be used because it is a successful campaign every time. Leaving the only best option: You might get a street named after you.
Finally, Once businesses started being destroyed, robbed, and looted, the issue then bloodied even the pivot to a racial focus and actually diminished not only the aspect of being against police brutality, lifting police up as needed saviors, but also contributes to making the entire issue of race, the black race, look like it should be disparaged as bad. The victim turned aggressor with the original aggressors being looked upon as heroes and saviors, resulting in a total loss of support for all movements because now the businesses walk away, leaving the government to deal with what can be labeled a small band of ‘troublemakers’. Easily dispatched, subdued, and ignored for any potential change from the original cause of the wrongdoing. Racism lives on.
Now we have activists groups that are trying to ban movies such as ‘Gone With the Wind’, and the Confederate Flag. These groups attach a focal point of color to their cause. While they may not be as extreme as groups like the KKK, and don’t espouse a supreme race, the way Hitler’s Nazi’s do, what message is the Black Lives Matter movement sending by making race their focal point? Are they saying that no other race matters? Please understand, we wholeheartedly are not saying that their organization is bad or racist, but by specifically attaching a color to their name, are they not unintentionally promoting as much racism as they claim the movies and flags that they want removed promote? Blue Lives Matter is no different. Was George Floyd’s death due to police brutality any different or more significant than any other man’s death from the same cause? There have been white men and brown men killed too, and they have been killed by police officers of other races, so why does George Floyd have to be known as the ‘black’ man that was killed rather than the man he was killed at the hands of a regime that oppresses everybody? With division and labels of color racism will never cease to exist and there will never be significant enough changes made to real prevalent issues, like police brutality, that oppress us all regardless of race.
We can’t live in the past because it is gone; we can’t live in the future because it has not arrived. We can only live in the present, and it is time, today, to remove the color barrier and fight the issues that oppress all of us together as one. United we stand; divided we are doomed to repeat ourselves into failure every time. If you want to stop racism let’s start by putting color in the insignificant sphere that it belongs and fight the issues for what they truly are, not some antiquated war that ended a long time ago with the exception of the few that can’t seem to leave the color of a person’s skin out of it. If dog’s don’t discriminate against each other, and people don’t discriminate over dogs of different color, then why do we do it toward other people? Can we be like dogs?
I see George Floyd as a man, and prefer to remember him that way.