Remembering George Floyd

And all the others

Susan Brassfield Cogan
Extra Newsfeed

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When I watched the video of Derick Chauvin lynching George Floyd, I kept getting flashbacks to Rodney King lying in the street with cops surrounding him, beating him, trying to kill him. Given last summer we were in the middle of a pandemic, I didn’t expect the reaction of the country and the world, the massive (mostly) peaceful protests. I expected things to burn.

Naturally, the cops in the Rodney King incident were ruled “innocent.” What we saw with our own eyes was not a problem. Business as usual. Nothing to see here. It was a standard practice that had worked for 150 years.

150 years ago, the custom of beating black men to death on the slightest pretext was passed from slave owners to police and there the custom has been carried on to the present day. The problem is, they didn’t have video 150 years ago. All that carnage was tucked away out of sight.

The country burned in 1992. It burned in the 1960s for the same reason and the 1940s and the 1920s.

It’s a nice way to distract your attention from the fact that Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer, murdered a man in cold blood in front of a dozen rolling cameras and made himself a YouTube sensation.

This time the murderer was convicted. This time we were allowed to believe our own…

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Susan Brassfield Cogan
Extra Newsfeed

I write self-help, life coaching, and political opinion. I am a creativity and mindfulness coach https://linktr.ee/susanbcogan