Kids ask, ‘why?’ all the time. We adults, get our tongues tied trying to answer them. They challenge us to try to explain the unexplainable.
Worldwide we’ve been dealing with a lot over the last few months. The inner storms we are trying to keep under control: our emotions, thinking, doubts, fears, regrets…, are real. They do have an eventual effect on our health.
How do we explain ‘why’ George Floyd was murdered on the ground handcuffed in broad daylight by a police officer when George was unarmed and doing everything the police were asking him to do?
Do we say, ‘Oh, he was killed for (allegedly) trying to pass off a fake 20 dollar-bill…’
His murder was something that blew the lid off the boiling pot not just for our black communities but for everyone across the globe. This is America? The Land of the Free?
This was not a racial issue. This was murder, propelled by corruption. I wasn’t shocked at the outcry and protests. I would have been shocked and terrified if there was no protest.
There is hope.
I would answer the child’s ‘why?’ by saying George Floyd lost his life to a corrupt man and his cohorts. They should all be implicated in this crime as accomplices.
Officer Chauvin was vested with a mighty power, and guns, and the right to arrest and invade the privacy of anyone, he wanted. A right, and a uniform, only a morally minded person should be allowed to wear.
He knew what he was doing and he did it out of range of his camera.
It has come out that Chauvin had 16 counts of complaints in his department’s police record. He’s gotten out of line before. To say Chauvin was just a ‘racist’ is to demote his actions and lessen his crime and character. He killed someone. He was acting as a calculating murderer. Officers know that we will die in 4 minutes, without oxygen. George was held down in a chokehold for eight full minutes. His oxygen was cut off, as was the blood flow to his brain, due to Chauvin leaning on his neck with his knee. He knew what he was doing and he did it out of range of his camera.
How did Officer Chauvin do what he did without one of his fellow officers moving in to interfere? There were four of them. Chauvin seemed fearless even in broad daylight, as he snuffed out George’s life. Onlookers pleaded with Chauvin to let George breathe. Chauvin and his fellow officers had every chance to stop.
We have so much to think about. So much positive change is needed.
If we learned anything during this period it is that we are very dependent on good leadership. We have little control over our lives. We don’t run the economy; we have little say what our political leaders do. It’s no wonder we are not all addicted to some kind of substance to elevate or calm our feelings. This murder has made us wonder more about the political realm, our laws, our safety. The riots have made many suspicious about provocateurs being sent it to set the fires… possibly for insurance purposes. Some say they are just anti-American trying to destroy America.
There were better times in the US.
There was a time when we left our front doors unlocked; when we knew our neighbors. Kids could play in their neighborhood and wouldn’t be preyed upon or kidnapped. Mothers could stay home and raise their children and weren’t made to feel like a second-class citizen for doing so. Divorce didn’t occur 50% of the time. There were no latch key kids. There was a time when men and women didn’t look at each other as enemies or competitors. There was a time and man and woman met and married, not based upon what they would ‘get’ from the other. They married for love. Rape was unheard of or very rarely occurred.
What happened? Is this the outcome of progress, or is it a lack of moral fiber? We need to think about it. We need to ask, ‘why?’