What do you do - when you feel powerless?

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.    







Love, Tiger







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COMMENT

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Eunigold Paul
29 May

Say No to discrimination, this is so touchy.thanks for sharing 

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Ijaz Ahmed
29 May

He must have made some mistake. We shouldn't make mistakes. If we make a mistake, we shouldn't argue with the police. If the turban, we shouldn't argue with the police.  Given۔

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Bluefin Studios
29 May

The video is very clear, from many people. George not only did NOT make a mistake, he was very helpful and cooperated. George is DEAD

The policeman involved has been arrested.
George is dead.

The governor apologised.
George is dead.

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Esty Rich
30 May

Yes u are right. We have to say no to discrimination. And is strong in humanity race. If its not between the white and blacks, it will be between the blacks (Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba) and it really painful. We are all humans and not dogs. May his soul rest in peace. Amen!

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danladi samson
31 May

No matter how he argue with a police he doesn't deserve a shot. Even a high armed criminal is targeted on many part of the head. He molested him and killed him

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Benazir Ibrahim
17 Aug

When a person makes mistakes, you treat them accordingly and not murder them. That was murder, he was helpless, defenseless. If only the cop would just take his knee off him.

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Chèrie Heart
29 May

I watched the video too and it broke my heart. It's ao sad to see that even in the dawn of the 21th century we're still at a point where the human life means nothing. Where colour is more than humanity. George is dead and it certainly won't end with him. Its clear that Humanity still has a long way to go. 

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Che Gavera
29 May

It's so heartrending to see this. Discrimination is killing humanity. 💔

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Ijaz Ahmed
29 May

I am very sorry to hear this because nowadays man is killing man, he is biting people ignorant of humanity, I am very sad, may allah forgive us.

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David Nweke
29 May

It's really sad, officers of the law that ought to protect citizens, are the one killing, so shameful.

Actually at this point, there is nothing he could have done. Its so unfortunate. 

#ICantBreath 

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Zephyr Onome
29 May

I saw the video and it was really heart breaking, he was murdered right there on the streets and his killer isn’t facing any murder trial. He was dismissed from the force - yes - but what’s that in comparison with the fact that George would never breath again?

I can’t understand how humans can be so insensitive to the plight of fellow humans.

I can’t imagine the level of hate a person would have to feel for another person to go to that level of cruelty...

It just makes me sick

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Tiger Lily
30 May

That's exactly how I feel. So sick.

I had nightmares last night that it was my son in this situation. 

Something needs to change. We can't let another innocent person die by the hands of corrupt authority

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Monica genievic
30 May

Right. Why do they choose to hate,  then do something that spread hate more, I just don't get people who has this kind of personality. 

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