George Floyd should still be alive


Anti-racism educator @faitthb on Instagram:

If you never have to think about being harmed because of the color of your skin, you are comfortable. It’s time for you to acknowledge your privilege and get uncomfortable.

It’s hard to write about things that make you uncomfortable, but I have a voice, and a platform, and I can’t just write about games and technology when there are such dark things going on in the world.

The fact of the matter is, I am not comfortable with the dehumanization of people because of the color of their skin. That’s why I’m sending this newsletter today about this issue.

This week, an unarmed man named George Floyd was murdered by four Minneapolis police officers. One officer held his knee down on his George’s neck for over over seven minutes as George cried out “I can’t breathe”, killing him.

This is absolutely horrific, and in this day and age, we cannot let these things slide. There is so much video footage of what happened from civilian bystanders and security cameras, it’s irrefutable that these police officers murdered George.

Police officers should not decide who gets to live and die. Because of these officers' actions, yet another black American man is dead.

What’s worse, the officers who killed George Floyd are not arrested yet. I know you guys may not be used to me speaking my mind about politics but we all have a voice, and this is way too serious for me to just sit here and be silent when there are innocent people being murdered.

Not seeing these people behind bars is pathetic. I am disgusted with the way things went in this situation. Two “officers” held down George, while the third officer named Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for seven minutes while George pled for his life. The fourth officer stood aside and did nothing, ignoring his duty to stop Derek.

Derek Chauvin needs to be arrested for murder, and the other three officers need to be arrested as accomplices.

This is a gross overuse of power and all four cops need to not only be fired, but arrested and put on trial immediately.

One of my favourite quotes goes like this:

The first thought that goes through you mind is what you are conditioned to think. What you think next defines who you are.

George was not arrested for a violent crime, and even if he was, it is not the police’s duty to act as judge, jury, and executioner. These officers need to be arrested immediately for this act of violence and institutional racism.

What can you do to help? Participate in the present to create the future. The smallest thing you can do is sign the petition. When I signed it this morning, it had 1.2 million signatures, and when I checked again four hours later it was already up to 2.2 million signatures.

Hit this button below to sign:

Justice for George Floyd Petition

UPDATE: I accidentally linked the button to the wrong place. Issue is fixed now.

Thank you for reading, and I’ll talk to you guys soon. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd