America’s last months and the events that escalated in the past week will become a sad page of American History. The only good thing that could come out of the horrid events that took place is that they shall never happen again. This is why history is important. To learn from it.
George Floyd was killed by officer Derek Chauvin. Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng were the other three cops involved in the murder. Their passivity towards Chauvin’s murderous behavior in arresting George Floyd makes them partakers.
Is this murder about racism or is it about power?
Tou Thao is Asian American. J Alexander Kueng, although appears to have White Caucasian ethnicity, his looks say his heritage is of more than just that. In many parts of the world, he would pass as something different than a White Caucasian. In the US, everyone can claim that they have whatever race and ethnicity they consider. Black people are claiming to be white, and white people to be black, since race-is-a-matter-of-double-perception.
Put together, the four policemen create a different image than the one with Chauvin holding his knee on Floyd’s neck. You’d think that after all this time, and after all the history mankind made, our most precious gift – our conscience – would have evolved into its superior state. But it didn’t. We are still the slaves of our animal origins and their pack instinct. And the pack this time isn’t made on race considerations.
Racism isn’t White people’s problem. Racism is conscience’s inherent vice. Its impotence facing the instinct of survival. Just like male animals fight for territory and to mate with as many females as possible, to spread their own seed, us humans do the same. And we use reason to justify what animals do because it’s in their instinct to do it.
In the name of the law, a White man kills a Black man. But an Asian man is helping the White man to do it. And another man, claiming to be White, does the same. Multiple races become allies in the name of the same law. Floyd’s murder isn’t about racism. It seems to be more about power. The discretionary use of power by those holding the reins of law & order over common people who are expected to be good abiding citizens.
And this is what President Trump is missing.
During the protests Friday night, President Trump was taken by the Secret Services to the underground bunker previously used for presidents only during terrorist attacks. After tweeting messages such as “LAW&ORDER” during the daytime, some of the protesters got violent by night. They threw water bottles, set off fireworks, and set a car on fire.
When people start protesting all over America and in front of the White House against the abuse of law & order enforcers, and President Trump is still calling for law & order, it can only mean one thing for protesters: the President fails to see that it is law & order that committed the crime.
The protesters might not be right to become violent. But neither is the President.
President Trump refused to listen to any aides’ advice towards addressing the underlying conditions that have generated the protests. He addressed the economic relationship with China instead and accused it to be the villain that planted the coronavirus and killed 106,198 Americans. Although it might be true, that doesn’t cover the malignity that grows inside America’s law & order and killed one American.
What’s more, instead of listening and communicating with the protesters, the President chooses to tweet instigating messages such as “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” from the safety of his bunker.
The presidential tweet-menace
The quote belongs to Miami police Chief Walter Headley used the phrase in 1967, in the Florida city. The accurate quote of Headley back then would be: “we don’t mind being accused of police brutality. There is only one way to handle looters and arsonists during a riot and that is to shoot them on sight. I’ve let the word filter down: When the looting starts the shooting starts.”
George Wallace, a presidential candidate, and segregationist used the phrase again in 1968. “That was a threat, a statement about getting tough back in 1968, and it is a vile threat tonight,” said Brian Stelter on CNN after the President tweeted the quote.
Mister Trump defended himself by tweeting “It was spoken as a fact, not as a statement. It’s very simple, nobody should have any problem with this other than the haters, and those looking to cause trouble on social media. Honor the memory of George Floyd!”
It’s not that simple President. Not when citizens hate their President’s avoidance and government at will. And when he addresses them on Twitter, like they are his followers. The American nation isn’t Donald Trump’s fan club. It’s a lack of respect for every American.
History is for Presidents above everyone else to know and learn from. Not knowing history makes people repeat history. Let’s hope future presidents of the free world will learn something from this.
Tweeting threats is childish behavior, Mister President!