Once more we in Europe could see how racism is running higher than a few years ago and how president Trump likes to put oil on the fire.
It are unbelievable pictures of a police officer sitting tranquil on his knees, pressing the throat and head down of the African-American George Floyd who did not seem to have been aggressive before, and who called for letting him breathe.
On Monday the president came in front of St John’s Church with the Bible in his right hand as if he was swearing whilst he said he would sent the National Guard to fire on those who protest. He might think
“most religious leaders loved”
his visit to the church, but for me, it looked such a blasphemous action that I wonder how religious leaders could ever agree with such hate speech from a person holding the bible as if he is speaking in line with it and according to God’s Will.
On the Flemish television, we (luckily) heard other voices from American bishops. The presiding bishop of the the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, accused Mr Trump of using the church for “partisan political purposes”, while the Archbishop of Washington Wilton D Gregory said the president had “manipulated” the shrine.
Mr. Trump may call his actions necessary to defend the life and property of the American residents, but seems to forget that those coloured people who are always “the head of a burlap” are also American citizens who deserve the same respect as any other human being.
With the bible in his hand saying he would be deploying,
“thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers”
in the city, was not a sign to bring calmness in that city nor in other places.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said
“This is our house. This is the same city that George Floyd grew up, And his body will be returning to this city. To his city,”
We can only hope and pray that the U.S.A., at last, is going to open its eyes and going to recognise that those black people are also inhabitants like the white ones. Everywhere in the world, several people rightly feel with Floyd’s terrible experience before he died after he gasped for breath and asked the officer not to kill him. Logical that sensible human beings react to this yet another nonsensical death in a row.
His death has triggered nationwide protests and Trump takes this occasion to divide the nation even more. Officer Derek Chauvin has been fired, and on Friday was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, the authorities said, but like so many crimes of the same sort in the past, we shall have to see after a few weeks if a penalty is really given.
Following several protests in cities throughout Texas over the death of Floyd, Governor Greg Abbott declared a State of Disaster for all Texas counties. Pity in so many cities many misuses the situation to loot and to bring dishonour to the black community.
Though Mr. Trump said
“The biggest victims of the rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities, and as their President, I will fight to keep them safe. I will fight to protect you. I am your President of law and order, and an ally of all peaceful protesters.”
we could see law enforcement teams attacking peaceful protestors, violently pounding at peaceful demonstrators. Even before Mr. Trump started speaking, police had fired rubber bullets, flash-bang shells and gas into protesters in Lafayette Square – which is just outside the White House.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a joint statement:
“Across our country, Americans are protesting for an end to the pattern of racial injustice and brutality we saw most recently in the murder of George Floyd,”
Also here in Europe, we call for another attitude of the American people and their leaders. We can only see at the moment that this 45th president of the United States of America is not only the most dangerous president that State had. It is also a president who manages to tear down that what so many tried to build up for years.
“Yet, at a time when our country cries out for unification, this President is ripping it apart. Tear-gassing peaceful protesters without provocation just so that the President could pose for photos outside a church dishonors every value that faith teaches us.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in their joint statement.
Former Australian Labour Party Prime Minister Kevin Rudd reacted rightly on Twitter, saying Mr. Trump had abused,
“ Christianity, church and bible to justify violence.”
“Instead of advocating reforms against police brutality, he essentially authorised a police state. He declared himself an ally of peaceful protesters as federal law enforcement officers fired tear gas on them to clear the way for his photo-op,”
Tom Perez, chair of the Democratic National Convention, said in a statement on Monday.
The film director Spike Lee, in an interview with the BBC, described President Trump as a gangster who was inflaming racial divisions that had existed since the foundation of the United States and its history of slavery.
Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Aleem Maqbool at the White House, Barbara Plett Usher in Minneapolis, Arts Editor Will Gompertz speaking to Spike Lee, and North America Editor Jon Sopel.
Please look at this video and see how Joe Biden shows what a president of a nation should do. Good also to hear that the country is crying out for leadership. Leadership that can unite the American people. The communities that had a knee on their neck for a long time should no be recognised and find that the deep wounds can still be healed.