May. 25, 2021

George Floyd Isn't Resting Peacefully

One year ago in Minneapolis, Minnesota the police force of that city lead by Derek Chauvin stepped down on the neck and throat of George Floyd for nearly 10 uninterrupted minutes. Chauvin lynched George Floyd just as so many of our black ancestors were lynched in villages, towns, hamlets, and cities in the 402 years since the White Lion landed on the shores of the Virginia coast in 1619. This was lynching without the use of a rope but it was a lynching nevertheless. As with all the other lynchings that White Americans were responsible for in the racist history of this nation, the victims cannot and will not rest peacefully until the majority of this nation’s white population comes to grips with the brutality of its gruesome history and treatment of Black Americans. There is no time to celebrate the anniversary of George Floyd's lynching date. Because had not a crowd of concerned citizens been aroused by the brutal treatment of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin his lynching would've been covered up and George Floyd would've simply been labeled as a criminally infested black man who got his just deserves for failing to follow the law. His lynching would never have been publicized and Chauvin would be free to neutralize another black man today. Rather than being incarcerated for lynching George Floyd. Still, white members of our United States Government don't get it. They haven't passed a bill that prohibits the lynching of Black Americans more than a century since the first anti-lynching bill was presented before Congress. Not has this same Congress come to grips with facing up to the realization faced by Americans of African descent in the form of economic reparations. George Floyd cannot rest in peace, nor can the thousands of other black lynching victims rest in peace until this nation steps forward and accepts the guilt it must salvage from White America’s horrible past.