By: Mahmoud El-Yousseph
Welcome to AmeriKKKa, the home of the white mass shooters and land of “No black lives matter.” We have been taught that America is the land of the free and the home of the brave but I’m having a hard time believing that statement in light of what happened to African-Americans these days.
A 46-year-old black man George Floyd died in police custody last Monday in Minneapolis. Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of this innocent man who died in police custody were fired Tuesday. Contrary to police report, a new video footage shed light on the moments leading up to Floyd’s arrest, showing two officers manhandling and forcibly removing him him from his car as he is placed in handcuffs.
Floyd appears to be complying with officers and not resisting arrest. The bystander’s video also showed an officer kneeling on the handcuffed man’s neck for five minutes, even after he pleaded that he could not breathe and stopped moving.
Not long ago, a female Dallas police officer shot and killed a black man inside his home. The victim was unarmed and the female white officer said in a call to 911 that she entered his apartment after she mistook it for her own. Who can forget image when Galveston, Texas police department came under fire after a viral photo showing white officers on horseback leading a handcuffed black man by the rope. All what the Chief of GPD have said, “his department has no ill feeling to the victim.”
The day after Floyd’s death, protesters filled the street where he died and marched about 2 1/2 hours to a city police precinct chanting and carrying banners that read, “I can’t breathe,” and “Jail killer KKKops.”
Regardless of whether this man did or did not commit a crime, this is abusive behavior by the Minneapolis police can only be described as racist act and a senseless murder. It looks like those white officers were taking a cue from their idol President Trump, who not long ago called his former African-American aide a “dog.”
When three years ago a Minneapolis Muslim police officer shot and killed an innocent white Australian American woman while he was on duty, he was asked to surrender his badge and handgun and was thrown in jail. He was later sentenced to 12 1/2 years in jail for murder.
After all, Nike spokesperson Colin Kaepernick was right about white police officers gunning down black men on the streets of America with impunity. That is not the America I knew and loved.