“George Floyd: I can’t breathe…”
So, can’t I, when this world has become so suffocating because of some people practising prejudices, discriminations, cruelty, immorality & inhumanity. When the world is already dealing with a deadly virus, natural disasters, hunger, poverty, economic recession, here comes another example of brutality and sick mindedness.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. In due process, he was lying face down handcuffed on the street. Two other officers further restrained Floyd and a fourth officer prevented onlookers from intervening. Floyd was being arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit bill at a nearby market. He begged for his life, repeatedly telling officers “I can’t breathe”. During the final three minutes, Floyd was motionless and had no pulse. While onlookers repeatedly pleaded to let Floyd go, officers made no attempt to revive him. And, Chauvin’s knee remained on his neck even as emergency medical technicians attempted to treat him. Videos of the arrest from witnesses and security cameras circulated widely.
The death at the police hands of George Floyd who screamed “I can’t breathe” while his neck was pinned under an officer’s knee. It has become a symbol of change that has brought tens of thousands out onto the streets during a pandemic. The pandemic is ebbing in Asia and Europe but still spreading in other parts of the world.
This was of course not the first unfortunate incident of mistreating black people. In fact, there were two similar incidents in 2020. They were in the same region under the same government who call themselves liberal and secular.
Ahmaud Arbery, A former star high school football player was jogging in February. When he was confronted by Gregory and Travis McMichael, Mr. Arbery was fatally shot during the encounter. More than two months later, the two men were arrested, as was the neighbour who filmed the death. Arbery’s family has described him as a good, generous young man with a big heart. He would have turned 26 in May.
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician (EMT). He was shot eight times when officers entered her apartment in Louisville on 13 March.
They were executing a search warrant as part of a drug investigation, but there were no drugs in the property.
The lawsuit accuses the officers of wrongful death and excessive force.
“A guy called me a shoe bomber once. That was new to me and I was laughing about it. Because I didn’t know what he was going on about. It was only afterwards when reading up on it, did it becomes an insult.”
As Hammad Miah prepares to compete in the Championship League on Sunday, he speaks to BBC Sport. He spoke about his own experience of racism following the death of George Floyd in the USA.
We might not have that insight that can bring any solution to end this mind-set of discrimination and racism. But, we can at least empathize and listen to the stories of racist experiences and believing in their pain.
Every religion believes that we are the children of one ancestor. No religion has a place for violence. If I talk about my religion Islam it truly discourages any discrimination based on caste, creed, and colour. The famous companion of Prophet Muhammed S.A.W, Hazrat Bilal A.S was a black man. And, Prophet gave him the good news of hearing his footstep in Jannah. It was all based upon Hazrat Bilal’s dedication and honesty towards his religion and belief.
Every human is the highest form of God’s creation. Some pervert people have generated this disgusting belief system which does not resonate with our soul. Since it urges for the importance and establishment of higher moral and human values.