In on-going conversations with David of Theology Archaeology, I can only express my disappointment at the lack of empathy and understanding for the anger which has gripped black communities in America. I do not condone violence and rioting, but when avenues for peaceful protests are blocked and mocked, when police aggression against black people remains high, and when nothing is getting done, that leaves people with very few options.
There is also the need for a distinction. Not every protester is a looter. Not every protester is engaging in violent, destructive activity.
This isn’t just about George Floyd. This situation runs deeper, and has been going on for longer. Breonna Taylor, an EMT in Louisville, Kentucky, was killed when she was shot eight times by police who burst into her home, using a no-knock warrant. Her boyfriend opened fire on the unannounced invaders into his home, defending his property against what must have looked like a terrifying attack on his home. Several cops did not follow procedure – they did not wear body cameras and according to reports, did not announce themselves. As is normal, no police officers were charged with any wrong-doing. Why did they carry out their home invasion? They were looking for drugs, which they did not find, and it transpires some of the people they suspected of involvement in a drugs operation were already in custody, so the police were looking for people they already had!
I could go on. What about the case of Tamir Rice, a 12 year-old boy shot and killed by an over-zealous officer. What about Eric Garner, who died in similar circumstances to George Floyd? On these occasions, no criminal charges have been brought against the police officers involved. Massively disproportionate force, resulting in loss of life, is typically met with dismissal from the force, and sometimes, not even that.
So what should be done David? Where is the ‘justice’ in all this? In the case of Garner, the courts even ruled his death to be a homicide, yet no charges have been brought against the officers involved. Is that reasonable?
David, you claim I approve of illegal behaviour. This is a lie. I have made no such claim. You seem to think that allegedly committing a crime (you keep calling George a criminal, though there is no proof he actually committed a crime in that instance) justifies the actions of Chauvin in crushing his neck for eight minutes. You cast blanket statements upon every protester, which is unreasonable. I would urge you to actually think, properly, about what is truly right and wrong.