:Contributor: Errol McLeish
We saw the traumatic video as it unfolds, showing the homicide of George Floyd. Then there was the welcomed, unsterile humane publicized speedy response by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey condemning the killing and the subsequent firing of the police officers involved in the death of George Floyd. Not to outdone these occurrences was the precipitous demonstration by brown, black, and white folks in response to the horrific killing of this black man.
This was indeed a welcome sign and an indication that even for a short while that there was some semblance of unity, demonstrating to the nation that this horrific incident was unacceptable. People were taking notice, and an investigation was launched into the matter and there was some indication that there would be speedy and swift justice this time around unlike other incidents.
Then without notice, some of the protesters, including blacks, had to spoil. this mostly quiet demonstration by the people and started looting and burning police station and establishments that have been the employment vessel for many of their citizens. Black Americans, should never have allowed themselves to be a part of this misguided action which might further facilitate ill-conceived and erroneous presumed perception that blacks are riotous hoodlums susceptible to violent inclination.
Some might say, why should we not burn the place down, and loot and steal and spread chaos to demonstrate our frustration with a system that is targeting blacks?
Any affirmative response to that question evidently defies rationale. You see, many of the places targeted have absolutely nothing to do with the killing of George Floyd. I would hasten to say many of those engaged in the burning of many of these establishments, are not employed, how could they be, it would be tantamount to biting the hands that feed them?
Violence begets violence, and therefore the cycle will continue, we have seen this before and the only persons who usually get hurt are the very persons who live in the area.
The violence has served only to overshadow the wicked and atrocious actions of the police officers who contributed to the death of George Floyd. Now the focus has shifted to the riots and the burning of a city. There is no reason to believe that these violent action will ensure that these ex-police officers will be charged and convicted, we have seen this in the past before, what it will certainly do is tremendously damage the lives of the many innocent people in the city. I truly believe a more nonviolent approach would have been just as effective. That possibility and even the likelihood of that happening is uncertain and now we can only hope that good sense will prevail in this dangerous cocktail environment and that a just and equitable result will be realized to rectify the wrong done against George Floyd.
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