George Floyd called out for his deceased mother right before he took his last breath. That fact haunts this writer and produces in me a spilling over of emotion that I hoped I was not alone in feeling. But I am in the minority of white men who have an opinion concerning Floyd’s death, and that fact haunts me even more.
Thank you for your well-thought out analysis, which is truly shocking in exposing a level of brutal inhumanity that beggars belief.
Anyone with a sense of decency and a few grains of empathy, can see that killing someone up close in cold blood, is a surefire sign of psychopathy and that, such a person must be held accountable and brought to justice.
This condoning of such merciless brutality confirms for me, the truth of the 'wetiko' label that Native Peoples gave to the 'White ghosts' invading their lands, breaking every treaty and massacring their people in open and covert ways.
Perhaps, Joshua Gane, you could initiate some kind of direct action, in the public sphere, gathering like-minded people as a white man, who opposes such slaughter that in the USA too often is meted out under the guise of upholding the law.
Here in the U.K, I am once again getting involved in direct actions that are about putting statements out in the public 'commons', by schools, parks, hospitals, concerning the misogny that is an everyday norm, how women can be raped, terrorised and killed, with impunity and it is normalised.
We need to go beyond analysis, to action, if we are to truly make a meaningful difference.