AS IF 2020 WASN’T ALREADY BAD ENOUGH, NOW JOHN LEWIS DIES. REST IN PEACE JOHNLEWIS.
Asked by a CBS interviewer why black people are dying at the hands of police, Donald Trump replied in a predictable racist fashion, “so are white people, so are white people”, what a terrible question to ask?
The sad tragedy in that answer from this most inglorious of morons, is that there was (a) no sense of the math involved in the dynamic, in that the question came out of the reality of the 13% black population as against the 60% white stake, and that blacks are killed by white race soldiers, (police) at 3.5 times the rate of white people. (b) the ignoramus in chief never bothered to address the overarching issue of police abuse and violent murder of American citizens, Black white & brown.
Missing from his answer, was any recognition that regardless of race, police were killing people they ought not to be killing, and that in and of itself is a public health crisis.
In fact, even as the ignoramus in chief failed to grasp the seriousness of the crisis police pose, not just to the safety and security of the American people, but to the stability of the American democracy, the Minneapolis city council was voting to declare racism a public health crisis.
The Minneapolis City Council declared racism a public health emergency in the city Friday, vowing to allocate funding and other resources to “name, reverse, and repair the harm done” to people of color in the city. The resolution was unanimously approved nearly two months after George Floyd, a Black man, was killed by Minneapolis police while in custody in south Minneapolis. Days after his death, Council Vice President Andrea Jenkins called on the council to define racism as a public health crisis.
The police violence being witnessed across America is the manifestation of the hatred that certain segments of the white population harbor for African-Americans. That hatred is manifested every day on talk radio, on [Faux television] and it plays out in the fantastic fallacy of Karens and Kens whose business it is to tell black people what they can and cannot do as citizens of this republic.
Nothing that Karen or Ken does is is dangerous as the power police wield, they have the power of life and death, and they are not flinching, neither are they shy about using that power.
The resident evil in the White House has unleashed that murderous hatred on every street and boulevard in America.
Its toxicity is palpable, its consequences severe, and it’s tentacles stifling.
Mike Beckles is a former police Detective corporal, businessman, freelance writer,
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