Police in the United States (US) killed another unarmed Black man earlier this week; this time, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, thereby repeating yet another of the far too often racist attacks upon people of color in the 155-years since emancipation in the supposed land of democracy and of freedom.
The city of Minneapolis has since fired the four cops involved in the Floyd event, praises be to the technology of smart phones and to conscious and caring citizens. Images released showed a cop, at ease, with hand in pocket, choking Floyd with his knee as the deceased complained of not being able to breathe. Floyd died following the attack upon his civil rights.
My pen is too acid and angry today to delve into the too many assassinations of Black innocents in the US at the hands of white cops with a badge to kill, but the examples are explicitly there: from New York, to Georgia, to Missouri, to Illinois, to South Carolina, to North Carolina, to Kentucky, to Texas and elsewhere. Yet, I'm forced to conclude that George Floyd's killing, will not be the last.
Protests against Floyd's killing in Minneapolis has continued for two-nights, very much the same as the aftermaths of other slayings. Angry talk and discourse will ensue and promises of equality will again be floated. Then, another Black innocent will be killed again in some other jurisdiction and the process will restart with outrage followed by more idle promises. And politicians, instead of visiting and discussing racial affairs among congregants of white churches, will continue to offer these topics only at Black congregations.
This cycle of death against minorities in the US will continue again and again until Black America revisits the two schools of civil thoughts made optional to them in the 1960s.
Thus far, Black America has accepted, promoted and lived the 'turn-the-other-cheek' mentality of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, while Malcolm X's observations have remained dormant. And in a mean time, obviously, politicians will remain impotent to protecting Black America.
Therefore, Black America must come to grips with the reality that if something practiced for decades has not worked, then it might be high time to revisit a new school toward racial recognition, equality and protection.