Who remember, and who need to be reminded,
One year ago, on May 2, 2020, George Flood was assassinated on the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Because of the power of video and social media, we have served as witnesses to the assassination of George Flood. As we watched in disbelief, the inhumane act of the police officer applied to Mr. Floyd when he pleaded for his life. To breathe again. When his fervent voice and plea were ignored, Mr. Floyd’s life ended and he acted as a call to arms. Millions of people took to the streets, their weapons, voices and protests. George Floyd pleaded, we demanded; Where he was helpless, we moved on, optimistic for change.
A year later, change has slowed, and much remains to be done. Most of the marches are closed, the demonstrations are all gone, and George Flood still remains. The same mistrust and mistreatment of blacks and other people of color and color in the United States and many cities behind it. The far-flung murders of George Flood and others have all come to light. However, knowing about all these incidents does not always do justice. In fact, for so many black lives, so many questions remain unanswered.
Our hearts ache for lost lives sharing the distinction of “black”. Our hearts are pounding at the sirens of the red and blue police lights and the voices of the spectators who often show fear for our lives. If we cannot avoid trivial conversations in general, all the stresses of our lives fall into the heart of the family to prevent us from forgetting.
George Floyd had a father, a son, a brother, a friend, a black life was important, and we must fight to make sure we don’t forget his life creating a movement. It has opened the eyes of millions who cannot see or just want to. We hurt for him, we cry for him, we ask him “why”; Because he was not given that luxury.
History is not kind in our community. As black people, we have seen America clean up the faces and lives in front of us as a constant theme of being black. From George Floyd to Brenna Taylor. From Tamir Rice to Trevon Martin. Mike Brown from Elijah McLean. Up to a young Emmet my cousin, civil rights leader, Medgar Evers; And many more. Killing black people is as common in the United States as any other genocide in human history. We continue to see unjust killings and senseless violence against black people. Our children are being hurt, mothers and fathers are crying, and our lives are being begged for and often ignored. We need a solution, we need an end to this and other violence. Whether it is daily violence in our community that is ignored, not reported and ignored; Or violence against the Asian Pacific Islander community and others. We must find ways to end the violence.
We must remember the life of George Floyd and commit ourselves to finish the rest. Our prayers continue to go to the Flood family and others and others affected by this and other foolish deeds.
My heart is broken, but there is hope in my soul.