George Floyd is dead.
A policeman murdered him.
There have been apologies. Riots. Arrests.
George is dead.
I didn't watch to watch the video.
I couldn't bring myself to watch the video.
And then I watched the video.
His murderer (one of the policemen) kneeled on his neck, as George Floyd cried out, begging the officer to please get off of him.
The murderer antagonized him, continuing to tell him to "Get up and get in the car," when he knew that George was powerless to do so. The murderer cut off his air and pressed his knee into George's neck - until he killed him.
This was all caught on video. People begged the police officers to let him up, to let him breathe, to see if he had a pulse.
And they were ignored.
When George was begging for his life, he cried out, "Momma, Momma!" As I sit here typing this, my heart breaks. What if that had been my son? What if he were begging for me to help him? And no one was there to help him? What if he begged, and cried and pleaded - and they killed him. And it was all caught on video. I am crying because I can't even bear the thought.
My family and I just finished a meal together. We went around the table - asking,
"What would you do? If you saw this happening?"
Believe me - I'm GLAD that people were there to record what happened! This NEEDS to be known. And I don't think they thought they were witnesses a death. I think that they believe they were witnessing another act of excessive cruelty - and wanted to record it to expose it.
It's a good thing they did!
Because when the police department released THEIR version of the video-
it showed VERY LITTLE of the truth.
So I'm glad that people were brave enough to record it.
But George Floyd is still dead. I'm sure the witnesses felt powerless to do anything more, so they did the best that they could. They recorded what they could to prove that injustice was happening.
But George is dead.
I'm saying that over and over because.... have we become desensitized to this? Is this just another thing that "HAPPENS" that really shouldn't happen? and we all sit back in our homes and say, "Oh my goodness, another black man dead. I suppose someone should do something about that."
And so, the conversation happened in our home.
What would we do?
As soon as one of the crowd (maybe one of the fellow recorders) stepped off the curb and into the street to.... maybe help? The other police officer screamed at him to "GET OFF THE STREET!" and behaved aggressively - while the other pulled his mace.
So - does it really come down to this?
"IN THE FACE OF INJUSTICE, WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO GIVE YOUR LIFE FOR ANOTHER?"
My family all answered that question. Their answers didn't surprise me in the least, because I know what they stand for. I think we are at a time when we have to ask ourselves these questions. What do you do - when you feel powerless?
I don't think we are ever truly powerless.
I'm sad today. I need to take a day off of social media today. I need to go out in the sunshine, and breathe the fresh air in the forest. I want to appreciate the beautiful sky and the sound of the water. My family and I are going to go spend time appreciating life today.
It's not really a sacrifice, is it? George is dead, and I'm taking a "day away from social media" to appreciate life.
It almost seems ridiculously trite. But it's a beginning. It's choosing to do something different. To challenge one another. To not let this be "just another unfortunate event." What does that mean in your life? i don't know. I just.... I urge you all to appreciate life, and remember you are never truly powerless.
You always have a choice.
Sending my love around the world to you all, I won't be here to appreciate any comments that are made on this post today. But please know I will when I can.
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