Rapper Lil Wayne. Image from Wikipedia. This past week has been a horrible one for the United States. George Floyd was killed on video Monday, Memorial Day, by now former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin while three other officers stood by. All four officers have been fired. Chauvin has now been charged with third-degree murder and charges for the other officers are likely to follow. The video is horrific, showing Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes while he pleads with the officer that he cannot breathe.
Floyd’s autopsy indicates he had underlying conditions, but that does not change the fact that Chauvin should never have knelt on his neck.
Floyd’s horrifying death drew a near unanimous national response of condemnation for the officers’ actions. President Trump quickly called for justice in the case. But when looting and riots started, that unity dissolved. Antifa and Black Lives Matter appear to be exploiting the situation to foment rage and chaos, aided by some in the mainstream media.
Just as there is no excuse for Floyd’s fatal treatment, there is no excuse for protests to devolve into violent, destructive and deadly riots. They cease being “mostly peaceful” as the media describes them, and make victims out of people like black firefighter K.B. Balla, who put his life savings into building a sports bar — only to see rioters burn it to the ground .
Thursday through overnight Friday night, protests and riots spread to several cities around the country including just outside the White House in Washington.
While it’s difficult to find much reason for optimism, here are a couple. At the height of the riots so far, rapper Killer Mike stepped up in Atlanta to speak and calm the situation there and nationwide. “We have to be better than this moment. We have to […]