POLLOCK'S NEWS UPDATE: Let's never forget the events of this week

Originally published at https://www.postwrestling.com/2020/05/31/pollocks-news-update-lets-never-forget-the-events-of-this-week/

Photo courtesy: Xena Goldman

I would like to start this part off by stating the events of the past week are ‘like no other’, ‘unprecedented’, or ‘shocking’ and sadly I cannot. The truth is, it is all too common and a repetitive pattern in our culture that is the shocking part.

Issues of police brutality, violence against black individuals, systemic racism, and a division among races have become all too frequent and it must stop.

Whether the killing of George Floyd is going to be that tipping point for change remains to be seen. But people are tired of waiting and people are terrified. People of color are living in a world that contains different realities than the ones I’m able to enjoy and take for granted daily.

I’ve been pulled over for speeding during my life – with zero fear there was a chance it could be the end of my life.

I have gone jogging by myself without the thought of anyone gunning me down.

When I walk into a store, I’m never told to walk out or made to feel unwelcome.

I’ll never have the experiences or fears that so many of my friends, colleagues, and citizens face daily. Those who approach the world with an optimism that I can’t say I would possess in their shoes. They are the heroes of this story. The ones who are not learning of an unjust system in the past seven days but ones who have lived with one their entire lives and still put on a strong face to attack the world with change.

Let’s never forget the events of this weekend because it’s time for all of us to wake up and help those that have been screaming for it a lot longer than the past seven days.

From Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times:

Yes, protests often are used as an excuse for some to take advantage, just as when fans celebrating a hometown sports team championship burn cars and destroy storefronts. I don’t want to see stores looted or even buildings burn. But African Americans have been living in a burning building for many years, choking on the smoke as the flames burn closer and closer. Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible — even if you’re choking on it — until you let the sun in. Then you see it’s everywhere. As long as we keep shining that light, we have a chance of cleaning it wherever it lands. But we have to stay vigilant, because it’s always still in the air.

Ava DuVernay’s excellent documentary ‘13th’ and the alarming escalation of incarceration and who has been targeted:

From Barack Obama’s statement:

This shouldn’t be “normal” in 2020 America. It can’t be normal. If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideas, we can and must be better.

It will fall mainly on the officials of Minnesota to ensure that the circumstances surrounding George Floyd’s death are investigated thoroughly and that justice is ultimately done. But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station – including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day – to work together to create a “new normal” in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts.

Dr. Cornel West speaking with Anderson Cooper on CNN:

If you do one thing today, watch this clip of Cornel West on CNNpic.twitter.com/QarHhvj0J5

— ex-twink persister🍥#blacklivesmatter (@twinkpersister) May 30, 2020

 

ADDITIONAL READING

Journalists at several protests were injured, arrested by police (Washington Post)

I was the prosecutor in the Freddie Gray case. Here’s what Minneapolis should know (Marilyn Mosby)

Black community left with tears, exhaustion after death of George Floyd (CBC)

The History Behind ‘When The Looting Starts, The Shooting Starts’ (NPR)

Photos from the George Floyd Protests, City by City (New York Times)

Audio: The latest from the protests in Minneapolis (The Daily)

Audio: A Decade of Watching Black People Die (NPR)

Thread: Erica Buddington on the history of racial violence in America

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Amazing @johnpollock. I love this update. I have shared it to all my friends. Great job compiling all the links and videos. I will be combing through all this.

Thank you John.

Beautiful @johnpollock

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Isn’t this what’s said after every incident like this? Incident trends on twitter, everyone suddenly cares about the police abusing their power, protests turn into riots and looting, government rightly wants to shut down the riots and looting, the situation then fades out.

Police brutality should definitely be treated more seriously and that happens when politicians take things more seriously. Also, just like with all angry mobs, whether online or in the physical world, having a justifiable reason to be angry doesn’t mean you should be allowed to do whatever you want. I’ve even seen people call Killer Mike a coon for daring to suggest that looting and damaging property isn’t the answer. When it’s at a stage of “the police killed a man so now I need a new TV for free” and then the so called activists argue that looting is wrong but understandable, then you know there’s no one that’s going to guide this in the right direction. Just gonna go round in circles.

I certainly understand your cynicism. And agree that the escalating violence from protest to riot and from police presence to occupying force changes changes the narrative and focus from the original issues.

But I will say this time feels different. We have seen protests before. Usually a couple of big ones a year reacting to a local story. After the George Floyd video went viral it would have been typical to see large angry protests in Minneapolis and small vigils and protests in other large cities that would have lasted a day or two.

What I don’t remember seeing before is the widespread protests. This map shows all the protest sites. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_George_Floyd_protests#/map/0. There have been protests with over 100 people in every state. During a time where people know the risk of gathering together in groups. There have been days and nights of protests and riots in nearly all of Americas major cities. Several states are under curfew and declared disaster areas.

This has obviously become about more than just the death of George Floyd. It’s about every victim of police brutality and the society we have in place that has continued to allow it. Which will make it very difficult to find a peaceful conclusion.

And the protests should continue AT LEAST until the four cops involved are arrested and indicted. The violence needs to end, but it’s in vain if it’s all over and any of the four cops involved get to walk free.

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Yeah, this seems like it was brewing for a long time, in different parts of the country. I’m only speculating ( I am a white Canadian, so it is not my story.) But from what I understand, its police brutality/systemic racism, combined with a complete mishandling of the covid-19 pandemic, all the way up to incompetent leadership at a national level. Again, I’m only speculating, but I’m trying to understand.
Stay safe, everyone.

Have we closed America yet?The place is being run by a bleach drinking racist and policed by the Klan.Some of the videos this week after the murder have been almost as disgusting and it’s not stopping,let’s call time on the U.S of A.
And by the way I take it all places that have had large crowds gathering will now experience Covid-19 massively.