Derek Chauvin will be held accountable for squeezing George Floyd lifeless. This is inhuman in all perspectives and it calls for condemnation using the strongest vocabulary available. The US leadership must also stand with the affected communities and make denunciatory and public assuring statements that show solidarity in the quest for equality.
The need to investigate and charge officers who have meted out an excessive force to the people of color is axiomatic. It is a fatalistic logic to elevate the status of one race while undermining the other races under the same law. The global admiration of the land of the free is dwindling and attracting rage and disappointment in equal measures. But, what we need to worry about is the Chauvin spirit that is still ingrained in many societies waiting for the perfect time to manifest.
The US protesters and their global sympathizers cannot call for a toast to celebrate the active participation of the whites in demanding justice for the largely disadvantaged black community. On the outward, it is treated as a good gesture, but deep down, the unaffected white majority could be wearing a false robe of identity.
For the US citizenry, the Black Lives Matter campaigns contain a higher degree of genuineness since the violations are rampant in their backyard. However, for the other pockets of peaceful protests spread across the world, it is utter hypocrisy. Championing for what you don’t believe is living a lie. We must completely eschew any form of protests simply because it is the US that is affected. The approach in championing for equality and human dignity is byzantine and barbaric.
This kind of emotional response blinds many from reality and when the dust settles, things will return to ‘normal’. The destruction of property, looting, and violent acts during the protests will only empower the racist geniuses to label the protesters as carriers of slow-footed intelligence and barbaric. The question that everybody should be asking is, would the protests have been of this magnitude if Derek Chauvin was black?
A string of xenophobic attacks has left blood trails in South Africa for over two decades yet the world is yet to establish a permanent solution to this. This has been a war of blacks against blacks. The racist acts in Guangzhou against the black minority was swept under the carpet despite cries for global diplomatic interventions. Police brutality is rife in many African states yet the weak oversight institutions provide a haven for the trigger-happy police officers to thrive in serene impunity.
That George Floyd spent his last few minutes fighting for his right to breath must have been a harrowing experience that turned catastrophic. However, the Chauvin spirit leaves far beyond the US borders. It is present in Europe, Asia, Africa, and in the whole world.
If we cannot stand for the rights of the next-door person, then it is a sheer pretense to express our furor against George Floyd’s demise. Cleanse the Chauvin spirit from your home first and if not, kindly spare me your hypocrisy!