Lockdown day 74: Thank you Colin Kaepernick for showing us how
Friday May 29th 2020, 10:40 pm
Filed under: History,Politics


While the news about George Floyd was everywhere, did you see the police dashcam of the young man in Midland Texas who was driving to his grandmother’s? He was accused of running stop signs–he hadn’t, but the cop behind him had–and after pulling into her driveway found himself facing drawn guns from not one but three cop cars. He raised his hands high over his head, but they ordered him to come over to them. As the guns stayed trained on him.

He wasn’t that stupid! Are you kidding me! He laid down spread-eagled on the ground while they persisted. The kid’s 90-year-old grandmother, barely walking with a cane, came out to be with her grandbaby and fell, and at that age a fall can kill a person.

The kid had done not one thing wrong but they arrested him anyway because, Texas cops.

I didn’t have to tell you what color he was, did I.

Those protests needed to happen, and they need to be peaceful to be the most effective, and most of those protesting were.

In Louisville tonight the cops aimed their rubber bullets directly at the cameras of the reporters covering the event, escalating from the Minneapolis cops’ having arrested the CNN reporter and camera crew live on air–but not the white CNN reporter in the next block.

Journalism. The Constitution. The First Amendment is first because it matters most.

We’ve spent these months quarantining against the possibility of spreading covid deaths, those of us doing it right and wearing masks to protect others agonizing over those who refuse to see, who dare the virus to try to get them. Even while 104,166 of their fellow Americans have died so far of Covid-19 but they don’t care because they don’t believe it can happen to them.

Just like they blame police brutality on its victims. Tell it to that grandmother. She grew up under Jim Crow.

I cannot begin to imagine what it must be like to spend every day of your life knowing that you could be killed on impulse at any moment because of the color of your skin–but damn if the worst among racist cops aren’t trying hard to teach me. It took the nineteenth violent episode to get Chauvin off the force, much less accused? George Floyd was not the first to die at his hands.

The children of some old friends participated in the then-peaceful march in Minneapolis and I am very proud of them.

There was a large protest in San Jose today at City Hall, and when one one protester got violent–I note that he was white–the police started to be, too, then started using tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd–which started to run–

–and then about twenty of them (if not more out of camera range) stopped. And turned.

And took a knee together in a line before the line of officers.

I hope that picture is on every front page tomorrow.

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I hope so too!!! Much more powerful message!!!

Comment by Jayleen Hatmaker 05.30.20 @ 6:16 am

I am having such a hard time putting things into words. I have lots of words, some impolite, but I can’t make it come together coherently.

There was an incident in Toronto about which we have very little detail, but I fear we will see great backlash without knowing facts.

I heard the mayor of Atlanta in the news last night. Very powerful.

I am praying.
Chris S

Comment by Chris S in Canada 05.30.20 @ 3:47 pm

I participated (joined in solidarity as an ally, witnessed) at a peaceful protest today in Duluth, MN. Only 2 hrs north of Minneapolis. And, 100 years ago the site of the lynching of three black men accused of raping a white woman. The protest gathered at the memorial to these men and then marched to City Hall.

Folks wore masks, they did their best despite their numbers to keep their distance from each other.

Organizers were distributing water. Residents of the downtown area were offering food.

The signs were awesome; the speakers were inspiring.

At City Hall we were asked to be silent – for 9 minutes, the time that police officer kneeled on George Floyd’s neck – and to take a knee.

As the main protest dispersed, marchers continued. And our police force continued to block streets to allow them to march.

Now to take that energy and move forward to dismantle the systems that have allowed so many people of color to lose their lives at the hand of the authorities who should be there to protect them.

Comment by wildknits 05.30.20 @ 5:48 pm

Tulsa last night had a major march which was peaceful. The only incident I heard/read of was people crossing a major highway. Cars stopped for them, but some A$$ with a truck and trailer didn’t and hurt at least two people. I’m hoping the police stopped him later and put him in jail. The group walked over 6 miles and no broken windows/businesses. This was the 99th year anniversary of the destruction of “Black Wall Street” in the Greenwood area of Tulsa by white ‘rioters’. So glad it went well last night.

Comment by Helen 06.01.20 @ 6:19 pm

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