By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
When the head of the state happens to be a self-confessed racist with a penchant for lies and a sadistic attitude towards crimes his officials commit against people of colour and migrants, coupled with his bloody record of terrorism abroad, can anyone expect social justice and respect for humanitarian values in such a country?
Certainly not, is the answer, and for the umpteenth time this was proven in Trumpland, when last Monday night an Afro-American citizen acclaimed for his gentle behaviour towards all while working as a security guard at a restaurant (currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic), was brutally killed by white US police officers in Minneapolis for no apparent fault.
George Floyd who was sitting in his car was suddenly grabbed by the police on mere suspicion of forgery, handcuffed, thrown on the ground, and choked to death by a white officer with sadistic pleasure in the most brutal way in front of several people shocked at the ongoing daylight murder.
As shown by a bystander’s video, the white police officer is seen kneeling on the 46-year-old black person’s neck and pressing the victim with force even though the latter is pleading that he cannot breathe.
Floyd, whose cries for help echoed public response but had no effect on the hard-hearted white police officers, finally stopped moving and was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital.
The latest act of racist murder by the US police immediately drew comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 in New York after he was placed in a chokehold by police and pleaded for his life, saying he could not breathe.
Monday’s murder in Minneapolis is neither the first instance of police brutality in the US and neither will be the last such crime in a country where over the past four years at least 2.5 million hate-motivated crimes have taken place.
According to the National Crime Victimization Survey, which interviews tens of thousands of Americans annually, targeting of non-white ethnicities is on the rise, with black people being the main victims followed by Latinos and immigrants, most of whom do not report the discrimination against them for fear of further brutal behaviour by the police and the white supremacists.
The survey notes that of late, ever since Donald Trump’s taking over of the presidency, the cultural and political divisiveness in the US sharply increased, emboldening more people to express intolerance toward minorities, while most of the targets often keep silent.
It is worth recalling that some two years ago, during an official meeting Trump had openly insulted the black-skinned people and their countries of origin as "shitholes”.
So obscene were his words that several countries as well as the UN took strong objections to his vile and vulgar language.
Although without the least doubt the shameless Trump is a racist/terrorist thug, racism has been an integral part of US history and is enshrined as state policy, both in domestic affairs and in international relations to the extent that genocide has always been practiced by Washington beginning with the extermination of most native Amerindian ‘redskin’ tribes who dared to oppose the white man’s encroachment upon their homelands.
Even the White House, the apex of political power in the US, was built entirely by black labour at the turn of the 19th century so that the white men could continue to commit with comfort the most horrible crimes against humanity.
George Floyd, a former athlete who was paid glowing tributes by coloured American sportsmen, some of whom knew him personally, is no more, but his memory will remain, and with it the campaign against injustice in the Zionist-controlled US, where the police officers instead of admitting their latest crime against humanity, targeted peaceful protestors in Minneapolis with tear gas and brutal use of batons.