Post Tagged with: "George Floyd"

Police Brutality and Black Bodies: Can Martin Luther King’s ‘Dream’ Be Fulfilled?

Police Brutality and Black Bodies: Can Martin Luther King’s ‘Dream’ Be Fulfilled?

When I heard the news of a 46-year old African-American man being choked to death by a US law enforcement officer on 25th May, 2020 in Minnesota, one month back, I was curious to know how grave a crime the man had committed that he was punished so brutally. A little research into social media posts and news reports revealed[Read More…]

June 27, 2020 World
Mr. Floyd

Mr. Floyd

My maternal grandfather’s family name is Floyd.  His mother was a Cherokee woman and Grandfather Floyd’s cousin was from the Choctaw nation.  The cousin was considered the Robin Hood of the American Great Depression and was immortalized in song by Woody Guthrie as Pretty Boy Floyd the Outlaw.  I do not know if there is a blood link between Grandpa’s[Read More…]

June 24, 2020 Arts/Literature
All lives must matter

All lives must matter

Had Urdu been the spoken language of Europe or America, it is quite evident that the revolutionary verse of the famous Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz would have become the rallying point of the recent protests that have been taking place in most of the big cities after the gruesome killing of George Floyd. The unarmed Black man was killed[Read More…]

June 21, 2020 World
A Walk With George Floyd in Tiffany’s Shoes

A Walk With George Floyd in Tiffany’s Shoes

What I can’t do is change my skin color for y’all… Just like when I go to work everyday, it’s a choice… no matter what happens in that day, good or bad, I chose it. When I was born I didn’t choose that. I didn’t choose to be the color I am, but I’m proud of who I am and[Read More…]

June 18, 2020 World
The ‘Palestinian Chair’: Exposing Israel’s Direct Role in US Violence

The ‘Palestinian Chair’: Exposing Israel’s Direct Role in US Violence

The banning of deadly police practices by many American states and cities following the murder of an African American man, George Floyd, at the hands of Minneapolis police officers is, once more, shedding light on US-Israeli collaboration in the fields of security and crowd-control. From California to New York, and from Washington State to Minneapolis, all forms of neck restraints[Read More…]

June 18, 2020 World
Trump Plays To White Supremacist Voters In 2020 Re-Election Bid

Trump Plays To White Supremacist Voters In 2020 Re-Election Bid

White Supremacist’s Burning of Tulsa’s Greenwood District in 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Massacre. As the world watched with President Donald Trump the spontaneous reactions of so much racism, police brutality, social protests, burning and looting spread throughout the streets of America and the world over the murder of George Floyd, the world overheard Trump declare, “These Aren’t My Voters!” (http://msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-has-privately-dismissed-protestors-saying-those-arent-my-voters-report/ar-BB15pGLa)[Read More…]

June 16, 2020 World
 Will the Death of George Floyd Mark the Rebirth of America?

 Will the Death of George Floyd Mark the Rebirth of America?

A Man Forced to Die with His Face Pressed to the Ground May Yet Shift the Earth Under Your Feet They were relegated to the protest equivalent of a ghetto. Their assigned route shunted them to the far fringes of the city. Their demonstration was destined for an ignominious demise far from any main thoroughfare, out of sight of most[Read More…]

June 15, 2020 World
Allow me to breath: George Floyd

Allow me to breath: George Floyd

I can’t breath Allow me to breath Not just because I want to live But because I have every right to live   Stop me from taking breath Just because I belong to a different colour Colour does not make me any lesser of a person Who cannot have even a liberty to breath   My forefathers have fought Just[Read More…]

June 13, 2020 World
It Is All About Race. Awful Hypocrisy To Say It’s Not!

It Is All About Race. Awful Hypocrisy To Say It’s Not!

While I am following closely various discussions on Western mass media and social media, simultaneously engaging in several direct exchanges, one overwhelming leitmotif that I see is clearly emerging: “What is happening in the United States (and the UK, France and other parts of Western Empire) is not really about the race. Let us protest peacefully, let us not allow[Read More…]

June 12, 2020 World
American While Black

American While Black

The State’s knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on a Black man’s neck. That’s what it took BLACK LIVES MATTER America to take to the young but deadly pandemic streets like there was no tomorrow. And it’s been the same since. Michael Cruse… killed a man before for running a stop sign… He was fired from the police department…[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 World
Racism in USA: Relevance in Today’s American Society 

Racism in USA: Relevance in Today’s American Society 

Racism can be understood as a belief that one race is superior or inferior to other.      It is not a yesterday’s thing rather it holds its long roots since ages which is still being witnessed in modern  era. In USA again there occurred an heinous act which led to the shame on the entire world’s humane behaviour. On monday, 25[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 World
Abolish the Police, Abolish the Military, Abolish ICE: Dismantle Systems of Oppression

Abolish the Police, Abolish the Military, Abolish ICE: Dismantle Systems of Oppression

In this crucial moment, all of us who desire change should begin to think very carefully about a unified message and a coherent, organizing principle in the fight against endemic racism and police brutality in this country. I believe the message should be simple, yet radical: a complete abolition of the police in this nation. There are many reasons for[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 World
Western racism and the world

Western racism and the world

 Erkin Oncan interviews Andre Vltchek EO: How do you evaluate the George Floyd protests? Do these actions lead to a positive permanent change in the country? Is there a possibility like that? AV: George Floyd’s death was the last drop, at least for many. The country has exploded. Or more precisely, many of those who were, for years and decades[Read More…]

June 11, 2020 World
Altars of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest and Black Face

Altars of Hypocrisy: George Floyd, Protest and Black Face

Be wary what you protest about.  The modern moral constabulary are out, and they are assisted by their Silicon Valley friends in the Social Media club.  Should you dare take a stand on anything, especially in a dramatic way, you will be found out and eviscerated on the altar of hypocrisy. The latest round of huffing and strutting on moral[Read More…]

June 10, 2020 World
The murders of Phanidhar Borah-George Floyd and us

The murders of Phanidhar Borah-George Floyd and us

  In recent times, a surge in a wave of protest shook the United States of America against the killing of George-Floyd, an African-American citizen, by the US police.  The democrats from all over the world have sympathised with this protest.  At about the same time Phanidhar Borah died in Jajori in Nagaon district of Assam as a result of[Read More…]

June 10, 2020 Human Rights
Credit: CODEPINK

Defund the Police, Defund the Military

Co-Written by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies On June 1, President Trump threatened to deploy active-duty U.S. military forces against peaceful Black Lives Matter protesters in cities across America. Trump and state governors eventually deployed at least 17,000 National Guard troops across the country. In the nation’s capital, Trump deployed nine Blackhawk assault helicopters, thousands of National Guard[Read More…]

June 10, 2020 World
We are One Humanity – All Lives Matter

We are One Humanity – All Lives Matter

American Leaders to Rethink of Human Rights, Dignity and Global Peaceful Co-existence George Floyd was killed by a police force that should have protected his life, human dignity and oxygen breathing natural lifelines from the encroachment of extremism and brutality. His cry “I can’t Breathe” is echoed throughout the globe whether someone knows George or not – a natural sense[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 World
Why #BlackLivesMatter is so important in the epicentre of Global Pandemic?

Why #BlackLivesMatter is so important in the epicentre of Global Pandemic?

The infamous Novel Coronavirus usually attacks one’s respiratory system. The limbs feel heavy as the oxygen doesn’t reaches the lungs. One can’t breathe & body loses all consciousness in a span of few minutes. 2589 people died worldwide on May 25 this way but one black man, George Floyd, died with a similar modus operandi but not by the virus.[Read More…]

June 9, 2020 World
 Murder, Suicide, Race, & Militarized Police: Carpe Diem!  

 Murder, Suicide, Race, & Militarized Police: Carpe Diem!  

      “Most people who are killed by American cops are white.  Black people are disproportionately killed, but they are not alone.  It’s white working class life expectancy that is falling because of drugs, and drink, and suicide, and the depths of despair.  Connecting this moment—this broad, chaotic, polarizing, rebellious moment that is taking place in the US—connecting it[Read More…]

June 8, 2020 World
 Warrior-Cops Are the Law — and Above the Law — as Violence Grips America

 Warrior-Cops Are the Law — and Above the Law — as Violence Grips America

From their front porches, regular citizens watched a cordon of cops sweep down their peaceful street in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rankled at being filmed, the cops exceeded their authority and demanded that people go inside their houses. When some of them didn’t obey quickly enough, the order — one heard so many times in the streets of Iraqi cities and in[Read More…]

June 8, 2020 World
When we breathe Everyday Racism, do we qualify to Question the Racial Brutality on George Floyd?

When we breathe Everyday Racism, do we qualify to Question the Racial Brutality on George Floyd?

The murder of George Floyd, an African American (46), through an act of police brutality, has over the days seen a momentous global protest. People from parts of Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, Arabian Peninsula and specially the US, witnessed several rallies condemning such an act of police violence, racial violence and ethnic minority discrimination. Such resentments from people also intensified[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 India
What can we learn from the responses in the Western world to George Floyd’s killing

What can we learn from the responses in the Western world to George Floyd’s killing

The world leaders are joining hands and have spoken against racism in any form and any country. Most of them have supported people’s right to protest and concerned raised by the African American in the United States and other countries. Today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participated in an anti racist rally in his country, stood with the protesters, listened[Read More…]

June 6, 2020 Human Rights
It’s Cruel and it’s Mean – Ugliest Thing You Ever Have Seen

It’s Cruel and it’s Mean – Ugliest Thing You Ever Have Seen

White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this—which will not be tomorrow and may very well be never—the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed. James Baldwin, “Letter from a Region in my Mind,”[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 World
Limits of Intersectionality and Global Significance of #BlackLivesMatter Movements

Limits of Intersectionality and Global Significance of #BlackLivesMatter Movements

On 25th of May 2020, Derek Chauvin, a white American police officer has killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was on a broad day light; the police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck like a coward trophy hunter. There were eighteen complaints against Mr Chauvin; the killer police officer. He is the first white officer to be charged[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 World
Once Upon a Time in America

Once Upon a Time in America

                     There exists consensus that had such an eruption of nationwide and supporting global protest on a scale even approximating  that following the police murder of George Floyd occurred in a country not part of the USA bootlicking club regime change action would swiftly follow. After all, the 21st century is[Read More…]

June 5, 2020 World
America’s Pandemic Racism Is As Heart-Wrenching As It Is Sickening

America’s Pandemic Racism Is As Heart-Wrenching As It Is Sickening

“It’s My Face Man!….I Didn’t Do Nothing Serious Man!….Please!…Please!…Please!…I Can’t Breathe!….Please!…Man!…Please!….Somebody!….Please!…Man!….I Can’t Breathe!….I Can’t Breathe!….Please!….(inaudible),,,,Man!…Can’t Breathe!….My Face!….Just Get Up!….I Can’t Breathe!…Please!….(inaudible)….I Can’t Breathe!…Shit!….I Can’t Move!….Mama!…Mama!…My Knee!….My Nuts!….I’m Through!….I’m Through!….I’m Claustrophobic!….My Stomach Hurts!…My Neck Hurts!….Everythin’ Hurts!…Some Water!…Somethin!….Please!….Please!….Can’t breathe!….Officer!….Don’t Kill Me!….They Gonna’ Kill Me Man!….Come on Man!….I Can’t Breathe!….I Can’t Breathe!…..They Gonna Kill Me!….They Gonna Kill Me!…I Can’t Breathe!…I Can’t Breathe!….Please, Sir!….Please!…Please!…Please!…I[Read More…]

June 4, 2020 World
Statement From Feminists in India Against The Police Violence That Killed George Floyd

Statement From Feminists in India Against The Police Violence That Killed George Floyd

We, feminists in India, strongly condemn the murder of George Floyd, an African-American, by a white officer of the Minneapolis Police Department, and express our deep solidarity with the people’s resistance against police violence presently raging in the US and many other parts of the world. Words from George Floyd in his death throes, “I cannot breathe”, speak to each one of[Read More…]

June 4, 2020 World
As US protests show, the challenge is how to rise above the violence inherent in state power

As US protests show, the challenge is how to rise above the violence inherent in state power

Here is one thing I can write with an unusual degree of certainty and confidence: Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin would not have been charged with the (third-degree) murder of George Floyd had the United States not been teetering on a knife edge of open revolt. Had demonstrators not turned out in massive numbers on the streets and refused to be corralled[Read More…]

June 3, 2020 World
The Killing Of George Floyd And The Long History Of Police Brutality In The US

The Killing Of George Floyd And The Long History Of Police Brutality In The US

  Innocent brothers and sisters it’s time to wake up, wake up, wake up Brothers and sisters it’s time to say something, do something, make ’em Mmm I wonder, how many Blacks lives, how many Black lives How many heartbeats turned into flatlines – “How Many” by Miguel Just when the news about the way African-Americans were being disproportionately affected by the[Read More…]

June 3, 2020 World
A Superpower In Chaos

A Superpower In Chaos

Minneapolis could not have happened at a worse time for the US elites. While violence perpetrated against African Americans by White police officers has happened a number of times before, its occurrence right in the midst of a huge health emergency that has already claimed more than a 100,000 lives and a related massive economic disaster that has robbed 30[Read More…]

June 2, 2020 World
 “The World Cannot Breathe!” Squashed By The U.S.-A Country Built On Genocide And Slavery

 “The World Cannot Breathe!” Squashed By The U.S.-A Country Built On Genocide And Slavery

More than two centuries of lies are now getting exposed. Bizarre tales about freedom and democracy are collapsing like houses of cards. One man’s death triggers an avalanche of rage in those who for years, decades and centuries, have been humiliated, ruined, and exterminated. It always happens just like this throughout the history of humankind – one single death, one[Read More…]

June 2, 2020 World
Nationwide Uprising Against Failed State Triggered By Police Killings

Nationwide Uprising Against Failed State Triggered By Police Killings

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The nationwide uprising sparked by the murder of George Floyd and other recent racially-motivated events is a response to the bi-partisan failed state in which we live. It comes in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic and the largest economic collapse in the US in more than a century. These three crises have[Read More…]

June 1, 2020 World
Let’s Burn the Whole Thing Down: Death, Protest and George Floyd

Let’s Burn the Whole Thing Down: Death, Protest and George Floyd

Mobs are unruly, headless things.  The message is the action.  The platform is often violence.  But what is happening across the United States cannot simply be labelled as a looting-leads-to-shooting episode.  It ranks as another chapter of enraged despair and untidy opportunism. It all began with a savage act in South Minneapolis, a killing grotesque for its indifference.  The hunter[Read More…]

June 1, 2020 World
Floyd’s final words – A poem from Hell

Floyd’s final words – A poem from Hell

I remember on MA tv news watching a white man getting arrested in my state by police for verbally harassing a black couple on a motorcycle in his neighborhood. It was considered a hate crime. I recall my black friend leading a peaceful protest outside of an MA library against NH white supremacists together in a meeting there. Library administration[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 Human Rights
Democracies can’t breathe without responding to Race and Caste discrimination

Democracies can’t breathe without responding to Race and Caste discrimination

Two of the biggest democracies in the world now face the biggest challenges in their political history. Yes, I am speaking about United States and India. One has failed to accommodate the huge Black population victim of the racism in that country while the other has failed to include the Dalits in the decision making as caste hatred and caste[Read More…]

May 31, 2020 World
The Empire’s Executioners?

The Empire’s Executioners?

From a recent report by the Insider publication:  ” George Floyd and Officer Derek Chauvin actually worked for the same Minneapolis night club- Chauvin as a security guard for many years, and Floyd as a bouncer during 2019.” It begs the question of just how well these two may have known each other, or worse, if Chauvin had some sort[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
Minneapolis police station set on fire on the 3rd day of Floyd murder demonstration in U.S.

Minneapolis police station set on fire on the 3rd day of Floyd murder demonstration in U.S.

On the 3rd day – Thursday – of protest on the murder of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man, demonstrators broke into a Minneapolis police precinct station after the department abandoned it, setting it ablaze and igniting fireworks as three days of violent protests spread to cities across the U.S. Gov. Tim Walz late Wednesday called it an “extremely dangerous[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 World
What You Kill When You Kill Someone

What You Kill When You Kill Someone

When you kill a person you kill more than just another body. You kill a brain, a soul, a congealed set of experiences, emotions, and connections. You kill loves, wants, thoughts, desires, ideas. You kill futures and pasts. You kill loves ones’ hopes and calm. You kill sleep. You kill joys and laughs. You kill all the books read, all[Read More…]

May 29, 2020 Life/Philosophy
Protests against police violence spread across U.S

Protests against police violence spread across U.S

In the second day of demonstration, protests against police violence have spread across the U.S. in response to the death of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody May 25. Thousands of people are decrying the killing by police. Among many places, protests spread in Los Angeles, Memphis, Minnesota, Houston, Chicago. In Minneapolis, protesters turned to violent confrontation as[Read More…]

May 28, 2020 World