At the time I was typing this, what was trending was the cruel murder of George Floyd in broad daylight as another case of police brutality in the United States. Not sure if it is still making waves online or it has joined the archive of hashtags on Twitter.
It’s unfortunate that we’ve come to the point that black parents have to shatter the idea of America being some sort of paradise to their children and tell them the harsh reality: If you are stopped by a white policeman, there is a high possibility that things could go terribly wrong.
In an era and country touted to be progressive in almost everything, it is disheartening to see the ancient evil of racism rear its ugly head in such brutal ways. What makes it despairing is that it is perpetuated by law enforcement officers who are mandated to protect all citizens regardless of skin colour or status. If the law can brutally end people’s lives in the name of performing their duties/self-defense, is there hope for the unarmed black person on the street?
Actor Will Smith wrote, “Racism is not getting worse; it’s getting filmed.” Is that the only thing we can do for the helpless one as his/her life is being taken away?” Protest and turn their names into trending hashtags for a couple of weeks and then go about our business as usual? Get such murderers in uniform off the hook with mere dismissal? Someone’s son, brother and father just lost his life without a fight, people!
It’s about time Government to the highest level took a critical look at this and put in measures to protect its citizens especially Blacks. Of course, we know All Lives Matter but it doesn’t seem to apply to the police. Precious black lives are being taken like it’s nothing and those in the corridor of power should stand up for them.
No matter how much racist one can be, African Americans aren’t going anywhere so the earlier they accepted that fact and lived peaceably with one another, the better for us all.
Enough with the empty promises of police investigations and meting justice to the full extent of the law.
May the souls of such victims find rest in eternity.
© Josephine Amoako 2020