American cities are in an uproar.
On May 25, 2020, a handcuffed black man named George Floyd was killed by a white police officer while allegedly other officers help hold him down and did not intercept what was happening. The killing was witnessed by onlookers, and luckily, a bystander recorded the tragedy on his phone in real-time as the world watched in disbelief.
The victim died as a result of the total negligence and disregard for his human life. The officer responsible for the killing pinned his knee with brute force into the neck of Mr. Floyd for an excessive amount of time. The victim hollered numerous times, “I can’t breathe,” as the officers ignored his plea to breathe. Mr. Floyd became unconscious and died a short time later.
Sadly, the cop directly responsible wasn’t arrested right away and that state’s citizens took to the streets to protest followed by other states. After days of protest and destruction nationwide, the cop was finally arrested and charged. However, that wasn’t enough for the protesters. The protest continues all across the country until the other three cops are arrested and charged.
Thinking about this tragedy, what are your thoughts about the way the protests are being handled? Do you agree or disagree?
Where do you stand on the issue?
In our lives, we are sometimes pushed to a point of frustration that follows with anger. Anger is an intense emotion that can boil over to feelings of wanting to fight or cause harm. But what happens when the anger goes deeper?
The result is what we currently see happening in the news. People’s tempers have boiled over and their sparks have literally turned into flames. They have had enough of the systemic injustices that continue to take place… time and time again, as it relates to the actions of bad cops killing blacks with no justice being served.
In addition, they are venting about the broken promises and lack of responsiveness to the continued disappointing outcomes. Not to mention, people are already hurting from all the negative results the coronavirus pandemic has caused. As a matter of fact, we are in the midst of a perfect storm that has now collided.
It’s no wonder people are sick and tired of being sick and tired. They are hurting and furious.
No matter what race, ethnic background or nationality you are, the action of the cop killing Mr. Floyd the way he did has to make you feel some kind of way, if you have any ounce of empathy in your body.
What are your thoughts about how the cop killed Mr. Floyd?
How does the protesting, looting, violence, and destruction make you feel?
How do you think responses to the crisis can be handled better by the state government, prosecutors, and all involved?
Something has to be done. When will it stop?
I must confess, I started to write the regular type of women’s empowerment article, but thought what is going on in the news and all over the country now is way too important to ignore, so I wanted to write this week’s article to create dialogue.
That is how we can begin to create change.
Besides, answering these questions and hearing other people’s prospective on the topic is empowering. It forces us to think outside of our own thoughts and experiences.
With that said, what are your thoughts about what has happened, and how people are dealing with their anger and the issues?
I’d love to hear from you.
Leave your comment below so we can talk about it.
I will be going on a summer break from the blog.
This week’s blog will be the last Monday’s article until August 3, 2020. However, there will be a new video interview posted every Thursday in June. After June, the videos will stop as well until August.
I’m looking forward to coming back in August with new and refreshing articles.
I would like to thank you for supporting me, and I wish you a happy and safe summer!
Article written by: Debbie Stokes
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