A wave of protests spread across the globe following the killing of George Floyd, suffocated by Police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, USA on May 25th this year. The horrifying video showed him powerless, gasping for breath, moaning in agony, and calling out for his mother as he lost consciousness.
As shocking as this scene was, it is was only the latest incident of this type. So why did it ignite such a global reaction? One reason may have been that it was captured so graphically on video, a scene of the ultimate abuse of someone’s dignity. But similar videos are far too common seen.
Another, less violent but also deplorable, incident took place recently in Central Park, New York. Amy Cooper, a white woman, calls the police to report an African American man is threatening her, after he simply asked her to put her dog on a leash as the rules of the park required. This was also captured on video by the abused victim.
On June 9th, columnist David Crow of the Financial Times wrote the article, “Coronavirus Fuels Black America’s Sense of Injustice”. He said, “When protests erupted in the US in response to the killing of George Floyd on May 25, the anger over police brutality was also fuelled by a sense of simmering injustice over the impact of coronavirus. Not only have black people died from the disease in disproportionately high numbers: there are early signs they will bear the brunt of the economic fallout too”. In this assessment I think he is likely to be correct.
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