‘ I CAN’T BREATHE’ AFRICAN-AMERICAN BLEEDING FOR SOCIO-POLITICAL AND RACIAL FREEDOM


For most Nigerians, the war over the breakaway state of Biafra is generally regarded as an unfortunate episode best forgotten, but for the Ibo people who fought for secession, it remains a life-defining event of so many Ibo Biafrans in the wake of “I can’t breathe’ situation in the then amalgamated southern and northern protectorate who died for Biafrans to breathe. Still in the set-up country called Nigeria many Ibos are still shouting, praying and hoping to breathe again. The government’s policy of pretense “no victor, no vanquished” may have led to a lack of official reflection and the birth of IPOB asking the world to let Biafrans breathe in peace.

Biafrans and blacks are facing a lot of trouble and got a lot of troubles in a nation they help shape. The whole world knows that the United States faces a crisis in racial justice, but the focus on police and mass incarceration is too narrow. America and Americans have pretended over the years to be able to fix those problems the way they ‘’ fixed” slavery and segregation. Throughout the existence of America, there have always been legal ways to keep black people down. Slavery bled into the civilized world till date.

Let’s see, by the turn of the twentieth century, the position of African Americans was quite bleak. Even outside the civilized world, racial inequality was a fact of everyday life. African American leaders and thinkers themselves disagreed on the right path forward and have not done much for social justice. 

Not all African Americans in the civil rights movement were comfortable with gradual change, using marches and demonstrations to change people’s attitudes, calling for tougher civil rights laws, or suing for their rights in court, encouraging forced solidarity action to force whites to give in to their demands appear now not to be an option. There is need for solid fundamental approach to uncover this silence slavery against African Americans.

The most serious concerns of the black community today appear to revolve around poverty resulting from the legacies of slavery.  The public mood may have shifted toward greater concern about economic inequality in the United States, substantial policy changes to immediately improve the economic standing of African Americans in general over the death George Floyd, that is, if government-based policies and solutions are the answer.

There are so many George floyds on the street of America which time may not permit me to mention their names. This is the black experience in the United States. This is how the process of law and order pushes African American men into the criminal system and death. The sight of an unknown black man scares his fellow white brother, and the law responds with a set of harsh practices of surveillance, control and punishment designed to put down the black purpose unjustly.
People in the African-American community had long complained of cases of police brutality. At long last, they had clear evidence — a videotape. But at the trial in state court, the jury will acquit these white officers of using excessive force.
Intended discrimination can occur at many points in the legal process when blacks are been murdered in the streets of America, a nation their fore fathers built with sweat and blood in the name of forced labour called slavery. Henceforth, it will be noted that If caution is not applied before danger, America’s separation will only continue to fester and worsen. There is deep anger and protest ravaging the values of America in almost all the cities of US including the sit of the Federal government that forced Trump to take a temporary refuge in the bunker for fear of been harmed by protesters who have nearly surrounded the White House.
In my facebook message to the President Trump, I sincerely register my displeasure for not been presidential enough to speak to Americans and show leadership over social injustice meted against a citizen of America. Mr Donald Trump once again “ black lives matter”.
 I have reserved a deep thought for a president that I admire and inherently happy over some of his policies of freedom around the world amidst COVID-19 pandemic
Some informants have embraced a different theory of black culpability in America. This information vacuum in some black communities allowed false rumors to fester that black people were immune to the deceases. Despite all that, black people are still infected and dying at higher rates from COVID-19 and the government of US are not investigating it.
Black Americans are far more likely than whites to face a racially biased nation’s criminal justice system and that its treatment of minorities is a serious national problem. George Floyd death means that racism is breathing in America and can only be seen if the light is on.
George Floyd’s death, captured on mobile phone footage, reignited long-felt anger over police killings of African Americans, and echoed high-profile cases that spurred the Black Lives Matter movement is continuing to be ingrained as we have conversations about what’s happened, and as we listen to the input of Black people on the topic of racism. The same fate blacks in west Africa suffered and are still suffering for seeking Biafra freedom.
George Floyd is an African American from Minneapolis who was allegedly suffocated to death by a white police officer identified as Derek Chauvin.  The other arresting officer was Tou Thao.  Derek Chauvin can be seen kneeling on his neck as he struggles to breathe. A video of the incident with George Floyd pinned down begging to breathe was released online. Floyd can be heard saying,  “Please, I can’t breathe. ‘’Oh mum’’ I can’t move,” Floyd says. “My stomach hurts, my neck hurts. Everything hurts.”
The 46-year-old was born in North Carolina and lived in Houston, Texas, when he was younger but moved to Minneapolis several years ago to find work, according to his lifelong friend according to a source.
Floyd was an American former professional football player who was a defensive back for two seasons with the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). … He played college football at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), where he was named an All-American in 1980 and 1981.
He was known to loved ones as “Big Floyd” and was the father to a six-year-old daughter who lives in Houston with her mother, Roxie Washington.
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Mr Floyd was an unarmed black man who died on the spot while a Minneapolis police officer he has worked with in the firm years back kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.
 
The work of police is to preserve law and order, including the racial order. Hillary Clinton once asked a room full of white people to imagine how they would feel if police and judges treated them the way African Americans are treated. If the police patrolled white communities with the same violence that they patrol poo black neighborhoods, there will be revolution.

The United States today has the highest incarceration rate, as well as the largest number of people living under correctional control more broadly (including probation and parole), than any other country on the globe. The size of the American criminal justice system is not only internationally unparalleled, but it is also historically unprecedented. This apparatus is also deeply racialized. African Americans, Latinos, and indigenous populations (Hawaiian, Puerto Rican, Native American), are all represented in U. S. jails and prisons in numbers dramatically disproportionate to their representation in the population as a whole, and every non-White population is incarcerated at a rate far surpassing that of Whites. Notably, however, while the scale of today’s criminal justice system is unsurpassed and unprecedented, its severe racial disproportionality has always been a defining feature. Only by taking a close look at the long and deeply racialized history of the American criminal justice system, and more specifically at the regularly discriminatory application of the law as well as the consistent lack of equal justice under the law over time, can we fully understand not only why the American criminal justice system remains so unjust, but also why prison populations rose so dramatically when they did.

 
God bless United States of America. Our world is surprise this is happening under Trump-led administration were cops routinely hurt and humiliate black people as if that is what they are paid to do. Virtually every objective investigation of a US law enforcement agency finds that the police, as policy, treat African Americans with contempt.
Trump should define the moment for Americans and the world for George and family.                             

JUSTICE FOR GEORGE FLOYD

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