George Floyd (left) died 20 minutes after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck (right).
On May 25, 2020, a man by the name of George Floyd died under the hands of a Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and his colleagues. He was just under suspicion of an alleged fake check (a counterfeit $20 bill, to be exact) yet the police treated him harshly and inhumanely. He isn’t the only person who has died under police brutality, but also people of his race.
The 46-year-old man was not the only victim to be killed due to racism. Take the case of Ahmaud Arbery of Georgia who was killed while on a jog on the afternoon of February 23, 2020. The cause of his death was two gunshot wounds which led to his demise. The reason that the police had an open fire? It was because he was mistaken as a robber when he was running from the police who armed themselves with a .357 Magnum handgun and a shotgun.
Then we have the vicious shooting of Breonna Taylor by the Louisville police, in which she lost her life on the midnight of March 13, 2020. The 26-year-old woman, who dreams of becoming a nurse after her job as an Emergency Room Technician, had her future cut short.
Finally, the killing of Tony McDade, a black trans man, by police officers in Tallahassee. On May 27, 2020, Mcdade was shot outside an apartment complex, which leads him to his death. Further details about Mcdade’s case were not revealed, but the horrifying actions made by the police was enough to cause outrage and spark protests in his name.
Though the Blacks aren’t the only race who are victims of racism in the US, they are the ones who suffer from it the most. They have suffered under the hands of the whites for a lot of decades. Thousands of rallies have been done and millions of voices have been heard, yet it seems like things have gotten worse instead.
What’s wrong with having a different color? What’s wrong with having a skin tone darker than yours? What’s wrong if he or she has kinky hair whilst you don’t? What’s wrong with just being different?
Although the media tends to be biased an would be presenting reports shown in television that would spark anger in the viewers; it’s a sad reality that despite being called “the land of opportunity”, American law has not found a way yet to address cultural diversities (racism is too broad of a topic, and it would be outright slander if we were to use that term in this article).
Black lives matter. And so does the lives of all the other races.