Black Lives Matter Too

Racism may be just a tale found in rusty pages of history for someone who has never left the shores of Africa or the black soil, who has never heard another person address him not by his name but by the demeaning word “nigger” meaning black. But for those who have left the shores of Africa, the word racism is not a fad nor a flamboyant fern. It is seen walking through the streets.
Many heart wrecking stories abound of virulent racism meted out to the blacks, one of such sad stories is the unfair trial that led to the death of the African American boy of 14 years, George Stinnel in June 16, 1944. He was accused for the murder of two white girls in south Carolina, US, sentenced to death by electric chair. In 2014, 70 years after the unfair trial, the verdict was overturned for being an unfair trial. He remains the youngest American to be sentenced to death and executed.
The event of Monday May 25, 2020, which led to the public “lynching without a rope” of George Floyd, a Black American who was murdered by Minneapolis policemen for no just cause, reopens the wounds of police brutality against coloured people especially blacks in America. Floyd died at the hospital late on Monday after Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for several minutes as Floyd moaned and yelled: “I can’t breathe” News outlets are awash with this gross injustice that have been continually meted to the black communities. Medarra Arrandondo, the citys first Black police chief, swiftly fired the four officers involved, a move community leaders acknowledged as “a win”
Black people have always suffered the brunt of racism, even after many years of evolving of the human specie, the humanity of blacks have always been denied in the American soil. Floyds death comes on the heels of several recent cases of Black men or women being killed by police or law enforcement agents.
In Kentucky, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was killed by police on March 13 as they served a warrant in a drug investigation. Police say they were returning fire from Taylors boyfriend, who said he fired in self defence, believing someone was breaking into the apartment. No drugs were found. In Georgia, the US justice Department is weighing hate crime charges in the February 23 shooting death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, a Blackman killed while running in a predominantly white neighbourhood. In 2014 equally, Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man was placed in a chokehold by New York city police and pleading: “I can’t breathe”
According to Washington post Fatal force database, black Americans are killed by police at a disproportionate rate. According to the Sentencing Project Watchdog group, African American adults are nearly six times as likely to be imprisoned or jailed than White adults. It is indeed a vicious cycle of gross dehumanization.
If in this 21st century we are still held in the cuffs of racism and discrimination, then our humanity begs a question. It is said that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. This of course an obvious case of injustice, where one is treated with utmost savagery, just for being black. If you call it application of legitimate force, that too begs a question.
The recent incident is something the US government should treat with utmost care, and see to it that justice is served. The world is watching at the moment, ready to get behind the mask of the seeming pseudo justice of the American state. However, that up till now people are killed or treated badly based on their colour calls our attention to the urgent need for a recrudescence of evangelism on the universality of humanity

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