This is social media, so I am fully aware it is not really “social”. I am fully aware that some people behave differently in the online format than they do in person. However, some of you have proved to me that you believe in “selective justice”, you believe that the constitution does not protect all people just those who agree with you, and some of you so-called Christians have shown you do not believe in Christianity.
George Floyd is a symbol, really, he should be a symbol for all who love freedom from oppression, and obviously many of you have never experienced “over policing” and true fear of the police like others have had, most minorities are not criminals (different topic).
I am not sure how much is true, but is possible George Floyd was a felon and did time? Yes, but guess what? He did his time and had been living a righteous life by all accounts. Does being a past felon mean you get the death penalty for a so-called crime you have not been convicted of? Does your criminal past mean you should be condemned to death?
George Floyd is catalyst of something much bigger, something many of you try and ignore. The United States is only 243 years old; it is a very young country. Slavery ended 155 years ago, so guess what? It is still within living memory! You have children whose parents fought in the civil war still alive now, and you have people whose grandparents were slaves still alive now as well. The scars have not healed.
We live in a great country, with great potential, and we may not always agree with each other; and that is ok. The name calling, the dismissing of peoples’ thoughts and feelings, the lack of civil discourse, and the casual ignorance needs to stop! We will never be truly great until we can be great to each other all the time on all levels, and if you cannot see this than you are more blind than Stevie Wonder.
Dr Flavius Akerele III
PS, I am not going to debate you on social media, that is what a cold beer and conversation is for.