What do these names have in common? They illustrate the systematic racism that STILL exists in our “civilised” Western World. Ima speak from the heart so, excuse the typos and possible rambling here in advance.
Let’s take it from the top.
This week a black bird watcher in Central Park, New York, had the police called on him by a sociopathic white woman because she refused to put her dog on a lease. By so doing Amy Cooper almost made herself an accessory to the murder of ‘Harvard educated’ Christian Cooper. There are some white people out there who may call the above statement an exaggeration or hyperbole, but if there was any doubt of the current state of Race Relations, 24 hours later, I was watching the video of Floyd George, choked to death by a white man’s knee on the back of his throat for 8 agonising minutes. As I watched the writhing form of Floyd George on the ground, and heard him whimper for his mother in his dying moments, the visceral RAGE I felt truly shocked me. I had just witnessed the slow, tortured murder of a Black Man in broad daylight in a way even Animal Activists would baulk at. And for what purpose? A measly $20.
All the way from North West London, I wanted to go out there and choke the life form out of some White Karen who has weaponised her tears whilst breaking down a Black Woman, or Piers Morgan, whose relentless dehumanising and ‘otherising’ of Meghan Markle fed the Wildebeest of England, as their daily taunts & relentless bullying drove her and Prince Harry out of the UK to forge a new life of happiness elsewhere. Of course, there was always an “excuse” for each callous act of cruelty levelled against Meghan during her time in the UK. From Danny Baker labelling her 1st born child a monkey, to Camilla Tominey of The Daily Telegraph, portraying the horrendous and hostile treatment as ‘justified criticism’. I even saw “nice” Holly Willoughby demanding on TV that Meghan stay in this hostile and febrile environment and explain to British people in the 21st Century how not to be a racist 🙄🤦🏾♀️. I would silently look at this gaslighting and admire how strong Meghan Markle was, and cheer her on to hurry up and leave the UK to find her Happy, and “thrive” with her Prince.
What was the connection of Piers Morgan, Holly Willoghby, Danny Baker, Camilla Tominey’s treatment of Meghan Markle in the UK to the Murder of Floyd George on a Minneapolis side walk? White Supremacy + Racial Undertones = That special hubristic cocktail of Morally Superior Coded Racism. The wolf whistle of being White and (Morally) Superior and thus excused for every Racist action one takes: From the Treatment of Markle to the shooting of an unarmed Botham Jean (PwC Accountant) in his own apartment by a white female police woman, to the execution of Ahmaud Arbrey whilst going for a run near his house.
Almost every black person who is in constant contact with White People in the West will be very familiar with THAT feeling. Of being made to feel marginalised, inferior, unworthy, stupid, uncultured, to know your place and not be “uppity”. To be grateful from the scraps from the White Mans tables as they “allow” you into their spaces, be it in their countries or their corporate spaces. To take the constant digs of your racial difference as “jokes” “satire” (Danny Baker with the chimpanzee “joke”). To not be allowed to think independently, but always be referred to as a unthinking monolithic sheep 🐑.
Please note the hubris of white supremacy cuts across the political spectrum: Left/ Right/Labour/Democrat/ Republican/ Conservative. At its most crudest form, it presents itself in Southern Rednecks murdering Ahmaud Arbrey or Dallas Cop Amber Guyger murdering Botham Jean, and the “system” taking its Sweet ol’ time to charge such vermin (a luxury I assure you, is hardly afforded to black Perpetators in similar circumstances). Too often, these murderers are only charged after public outroar or filmed incontrovertible evidence of their crimes emerge, otherwise it’s just normal for “morally inferior” black folk to eat lead (goes the generally unmentioned supposition).
Because white supremacy assumes black people are morally inferior, it’s just “normal” for black people to be jailed for any minor infraction, it’s “normal” for black people to be violent, senseless apes. It’s “normal” for black people to not be entitled to the same “rights” as the Morally Superior White Person. Hilary Rosen (Joe Biden surrogate) told “Angry Black Woman” Nina Turner (Bernie Sanders surrogate) during the Democratic Primaries, that Turner had “no standing” to speak on the meaning of Dr. Martin Luther King Jnr. Birmingham jail speech. Even though there’s no way on this God’s green earth that Turner and I share any common politics, I drew a sharp breath witnessing this on CNN, and seeing Chris Cuomo Whitesplaining and Mansplaining Turner, when she predictably blew up.
Many white people know in the West that Black People are not afforded the same rights and privileges as them, but they pretend not to know. Black Lives Matter turns to All Lives Matter, or that old chestnut, “I don’t see colour”. For left wing liberals, there’s a logic defying delusion, of highlighting the difference when it suits a particular agenda to win power, and then pretending no such difference exists once a Black Person pulls them up on a moment of callous cruelty (overt and covert) which is where Amy Cooper, aka Karen, comes into play. Amy Cooper publically apologised to “that man” aka Christopher Cooper, after she was placed on administrative leave when video footage of her antics went viral. She stated that she thought the police was a “Protection Agency” for all, but realised belatedly that the police act as a Protection Agency for one racial group. I suspect Amy was lying due to the chilling threat she made just before she made her 911 phone call. “I’m going to tell the cops an ‘African-American’ Man is threatening me!” The emphasis on Race in that pre-meditated moment appeared to me that Amy “Karen” Cooper was not summoning the Police as “Protection”, but as the Brutal enforcer of White Supremacy. The black ‘Harvard Educated’ Christian Cooper was meant to subjugate himself to the Hubris of Amy/ Karen’s moral superiority. Because Christian did not do that, he should face repercussions, hence why Amy/Karen had the impunity to carry out her threat, despite being fully aware she was being filmed. Her Hubris influenced by her white supremacy allowed her to act with Impunity on that fateful day in Central Park.
And it is the same kind of impunity that led to the awful, stomach churning murder of George Floyd. For 8 minutes, in broad daylight, on the streets of Minneapolis, George Floyd was handcuffed and forced to gasp for breath, in a way I wouldn’t even treat my dog. The perpetrator of such cruelty acted with complete impunity, despite knowing he was being filmed, his 3 Colleagues watching impassively, as George Floyds life breath drained away, subconsciously knowing the cloak of white supremacy would shield them from serious repercussions. Their Hubris, one could say say, was almost warranted. After all Derek Chauvin had had 17 previous complaints levelled against him. All but one were dismissed without sanction. Why should this time be any different?
But this time is/ was/ has/ to be different. As I watch on TV screens, as Minneapolis, LA, NYC fill with protests and rioters even at the cost of danger to themselves in this time of COVIK ONE NINE 😫, as I watch Rioters loot and set buildings on fire 🔥, I neither condone nor condemn them. These people are expressing their rage at the machine of Systematic Racism and Caucasian Impunity.
Because black People in the West are tired of this crap 💩!
We’ve heard these words before “I can’t breathe”. George Floyd wasn’t the first to utter them.
We’ve seen these tears before on black relatives cheeks.
We’ve felt this pain before after another senseless, brutal murder of a young black life cut tragically short.
We’ve been telling you nicely… we want change, and for this impunity to stop 🛑.
Black People laid their lives on the line for you during this Pandemic. Classed as “key workers”, we drove the buses that took you to work, we manned the Grocery stores that fed you, we donned nurses/carers uniform and either nursed your loved ones to recovery, or mopped your relatives brow and held their hands, so they wouldn’t die alone.
Therefore it’s been re-emphasised during this Crisis not only that #BlackLivesMatter, but that #OurLivesHaveValue. Just as much yours, your sons, your brothers, your fathers. We sacrifice so much and die in our droves from COVID19, for your White Asses to be able to sit at Wall Street, and now you want to still continue with your f^#%ery?!
FOH! So stop the meaningless platitudes and thanks for the sacking, but charge these disgusting liveforms who thought it was totally fine to choke a handcuffed man to death on camera for 8 minutes in broad daylight. Even Shithole countries, supposedly famous for primitive methods, don’t do that, not even to animals.
Send Derek Chauvin and his cohorts to jail and let all Black People worldwide know that the Hubris of White Supremacy, and the Culture of Impunity is over.
#GeorgeFloyd #RememberHim #ICantBreathe #RestInPower ✊🏾🙏🏾🇺🇸