Police 'Chauvin-ism' - Why I Apologize to the Floyd Family and Black America for America
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As a Black man and an American, on behalf of America, I apologize to ALL BLACK MEN who have been wronged by the police, and especially the Floyd Family. I, particularly apologize for the police departments and the US government at large for not doing more to stop this kind of TERRORISM on the life of a super-minority group (i.e., Black men.) I pray GOD to tap into America's conscience or empathy for Black men... are we that much of a threat that far too many of us have to be treated like dangerous animals? I don't think so... the source is often racial animus... a need to topple a perceived evil force, which is not evil at all. The latter needs to stop.
I call it "POLICE CHAUVIN-ISM" (in remembrance of Mr. Floyd a police brutality martyr, and the evilness of Mr. CHAUVIN that will remind police officers not to act like him) because far too many police officers do hold extreme prejudice or even racial animus in some cases against Black men. While there are great cops out there, far too many of them seem to prey on the Black male lifestyles both in the hood and in other places as a means of BOOSTING THEIR OWN TESTOSTERONE. The latter turns their opportunity to serve and protect into one to dis-serve and terrorize.
There is nothing more powerless than being outnumbered by men/women that represent the government and took oaths to serve and protect, but appear to be dis-serve and terrorize instead. While there are enough good cops out there to make being a law enforcement office a noble profession, there are also enough bad apples to ruin the perception that we have about policing at large especially if one is a Black male in America. I have personally experienced both and as an optimist, I had to train myself to focus on the good aspect of policing. I had to train myself and my Black son to be a psychologist -- as to learn to use humor and other tools to psychologically disarm the police, and that I believe proves that we have a problem... there are TOO MANY BAD APPLES... too many CHAUVINS in our police departments.
So, again, even as a intellectual or cerebral person, I had to be a psychologist to use reverse psychology to defuse bad cops and I can imagine HOW a lay person, and especially a lay BLACK MAN can be pushed to react so that he could in turn appear to be justifiably shot.
I feel that CHAUVIN was asserting his POLICE CHAUVINISM for the PEACEFUL BLACK MALE KNEE PROTESTS... In essence, he was saying: "Who's got the last laughter"... whose knee is more potent. But what he failed to realize is that his KNEE was MURDEROUS, while the other knees represented PEACEFUL PROTESTS. While, I'd prefer that everyone stand up for the anthem, Americans do have a right to peaceful protest. I don't believe it was a coincidence. It took me a while to bring this out, but my discernment kept telling me that it was deliberate or even called for... look at his eyes in the picture provided below... and compare it with Kaepernick's eyes. One was purely evil and another was hopeful of a better America.
BUT -- "CHAUVINISM" took it to the limit. It exposed the problem to the WORLD... in a way, both FLOYD and CHAUVIN did their part because the blatant lack of concern on Chauvin's face, the arrogance of it all proved that he was almost certain that because Floyd was a Black man, he somehow believed that his Whiteness and officer status would have been enough to prevent him from being found GUILTY in a court of law. Little did he he know, he was about to help expose the truth that many young Black males face every day. I am not saying that they never do anything wrong themselves. However, I'm saying that terrorizing them on the basis of their race or gender does not afford them EQUAL PROTECTION under the law.
Like I said the other day...
The 3 Charges that were brought against former and disgraced Officer Derek Chauvin was a DISGRACE to POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN AMERICA AT LARGE... and represented a CONSCIENCE THRESHOLD to tell America that if it is to say that "ALL MEN are created equal and are endowed by their creator with inalienable rights like LIFE, LIBERTY and the PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS" --- then to deprive a man of such rights, he cannot be treated like he is GUILTY without DUE PROCESS, and just like MR. CHAUVIN was treated like he was INNOCENT until PROVEN GUILTY, every Black man also deserves the same type of DUE PROCESS, and should not have to behave like SAINTS to be treated like their White counterparts. The latter is not what American law and jurisprudence advocate.
In Chauvin's case, all elements of his criminal charges had to be proven BEYOND ANY REASONABLE DOUBT by the Prosecution/State to a unanimous jury (all jurors) else he would not have been be found guilty of those charges. He was PROVEN GUILTY after being afforded DUE PROCESS. All Americans deserve the same, and NOT A KNEE on their necks prior to being given DUE PROCESS. The latter is EVIL and Unamerican.
After hearing the judge read the jury instructions from my Orlando hotel room while I visited Orlando, and as I listened to the DA’s closing argument, I am reminded of the OJ TRIAL. I love the way the Minnesota State Attorney humanized the late Floyd’s life!
It is good to see that American Jurisprudence’s definition of OBJECTIVE REASONABLENESS by an officer 👮♀️ in using reasonable force is actually reasonable. And it is good to find out that the jury REASONABLY WEIGHED the evidence against Mr. Chauvin!
Now on to sentencing... and we'll see whether the judge or factual inferences by the Jury will affect max terms!
A lot is on the line! Very complicated and unpredictable!
The State Attorney’s closing argument was compelling and impressive... he kept the honor of the GOOD POLICE MEN AND WOMEN INTACT while attacking what I call "POLICE CHAUVIN-ISM"... it showed the unreasonableness of the use of Chauvin’s knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck that caused a grown man to fight for his life and cry out for his mother after he told “Mr. Officer” that he could not breathe! HE JUST NEEDED TO BREATHE... humans need oxygen into their lungs to breathe... and for 9 MINUTES and 29 SECONDS Mr. Chauvin prevented Mr. Floyd from breathing!
I love all human beings. But this is a sore part of my American experience. MR CHAUVIN committed an evil act that no officer or human being should ever commit even in a nightmare unless self defense is involved and one’s life is at risk. Mr. Chauvin caused Mr. Floyd’s death. And as I mentioned previously I expected him to be found guilty of MURDER and it is good to find out that he was indeed PROVEN guilty on all three charges BEYOND ANY RESONABLE DOUBT.
Mr. Chauvin’s action was not only an assault on Mr. Floyd, but also one on Americans at large, Black America, Black Men, the State of Minnesota, police code of conduct the USA and humanity at large RIGHT OUT IN BROAD DAY LIGHT!
Again, on behalf of America, I apologize to ALL BLACK MEN who have been wronged by the police, and especially the Floyd Family. I, particularly apologize for the police departments and the US government at large for not doing more to stop this kind of TERRORISM on the life of a super-minority group (i.e., Black men.) I pray GOD to tap into America's conscience or empathy for Black men... are we that much of a threat that far too many of us have to be treated like dangerous animals? I don't think so... the source is often racial animus... a need to topple a perceived evil force, which is not evil at all. The latter needs to stop.
SOME OF MY PREVIOUS RELEVANT ARTICLES ON AMERICAN POLICING:
Is Hillary Clinton's Acknowledgement of Police Brutality and Disparate Treatment of Blacks Too Late
America's Insanity...Police Brutality and Black People... Something has to Change!
The Worst and Most Racist Police Department in the U.S. (From My Own Experience)
My Brothers: Respect the Police & Each Other else You May Not Live to Share Your Side of the Story
IN A RUSH!
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