This post has nothing to do with health and fitness. It has everything to do with loving our fellow human being no matter who they are.
I’m lost. I’m consumed by emotion that I can’t really deal with in that I’m overwhelmed by it. It started with what happened in Central park. A white woman knowing the privilege she held in her hand. Unable to deal with confrontation in the form of someone, a black man, telling her that she was breaking the law by not having her dog on a leash she did what she does best. She played the helpless white woman card and called 911 explaining that a black man is threatening her and her dog. You could tell she was well aware of the power she held in her hands, She knew what the outcome would be, the police siding with her and the black man arrested. And to add to it she was sure to use her hysterical voice, rising up a couple of octaves, reeking of fear that she was about to lose her life as the black man stood 20 feet away from her. She tried to ruin a man’s life because she could not handle a black man telling her she was in the wrong. And fortunately, luckily, this was recorded and when the recording went viral she then cried that her life is in ruins. How hypocritical that she is upset that her life is in ruins as she tried to ruin someone else’s life by lying. Just to get her way. She was willing to ruin someone’s life just to get her way, because she would not have a black man tell her she was in the wrong.
And then On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, an African-American man, died in Powderhorn, a neighborhood south of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. While Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down on a city street during an arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, kept his knee on the right side of Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; 2 minutes and 53 seconds of which occurred after Floyd became unresponsive. I watched the video of this and I wish I hadn’t. I had to. I’m not sure why but I had to watch it, maybe so I could understand what happened, so I could see what happened so when the reports of him resisting would undoubtedly come out I would know what really happened. I wish I didn’t watch it. At first seeing George restrained I thought this is not unusual in the sense of keeping someone contained. I watched and waited for the scene to change, for Derek Chauvin to pick him up and put him in the cruiser. He never did. He just kneeled there, keeping his knee buried into George’s neck. George kept saying he can’t breathe. I could see a white coating on the outer part of his lips and I started to panic a bit, I really started to get scared. And then George cried out for his mom, ‘Mom, help me’ and I lost it. I cried and I cried. A 46 year old man crying out for his mom. And nothing changed. Nothing.
Derek Chauvin kept the same posture, ensuring his knee kept burrowing into George’s neck. Minutes went by as George laid lifeless. People yelling to take his pulse, to get off his neck, that he can’t breath but Officer Tou Thao would have nothing of that: ‘Hey, back on the sidewalk’ he would yell as someone would go on the road to help. And then he died. And then later the ambulance showed up. They dragged his body onto the gurney and loaded it in. That’s it. Just like another day. No one batted an eye. No one really cared.
So I get it. I do. I get the protesting, I get the rioting. If no one listens after you walk down the streets of Selma-to-Montgomery 60 years ago asking for the same rights as other humans that happen to be white then I get it. When after the LA riots following the acquittal of the officers that beat Rodney King nearly to his death I thought things would change. People talked about stopping racism. Police departments, governments talked about reform, about stopping systemic racism and that things would change.
And here we are. 2020. Nothings changed.
Protests. Riots. Talk will be next. Things have to change and it has to start with the top. But after reading his tweets that isn’t going to happen.
But if we change, things will change. Now’s the time to make a change. Do it. Make things change. There are millions of us. We can do this.