Racism Still Prevalent in America- I can’t breathe-George Floyd
Most Americans believe racism is still a major problem
Two thousand years ago, the great philosopher Aristotle said, “Injustice arises when equals are treated unequally and also when unequals are treated equally”.
This profound statement is seemed to be true in the United State of America, where black people are continually being discriminated, oppressed and exploited and deprived of basic amenities.
The black people have suffered years of discrimination and oppression in the hands of a higher race.
I can’t breathe last words spoken by George Floyd a 46-year-old black man who was killed in police custody on suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill.
This incident was strongly condemned in all over the world. It is very painful to watch such an incident occurring in a democratic country in this modern era.
After this incident, riots broke out in many states of America. Thousands of people took to the streets for justice.
Presidential elections are to be held in America in November. Donald Trump is already troubled by the corono virus and the global recession. America’s cold war is also going on with China.
The history of atrocities on black people in America is very old. Large numbers of black people were brought here from Africa to work here
Slavery in the United States was the legal institution of human chattel enslavement, primarily of Africans and African Americans, that existed in the United States of America from the beginning of the nation until passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865.
Slavery had been practiced in British America from early colonial days, and was legal in all thirteen colonies at the time those colonies formed the United States.
Under the law, an enslaved person was treated as property and could be bought, sold, or given away. Slavery lasted in about half of U.S. states until 1865. As an economic system, slavery was largely replaced by sharecropping and convict leasing.
These were slaves who were sold by their owners. Over the years, these slaves worked in the fields.
Endured the atrocities of their owners. These black slaves were made to work for hours.
They were not properly provided with basic amenities and food. They were given mental and physical suffering.
There were atrocities on them which are beyond human imagination.
White people considered themselves almighty and considered it their right to rule over black slaves. One who gets caught in the practice of slavery.
Their life used to be hell, not only this, their children were also enslaved from birth and used to carry forward the practice of their parents.
There were many movements in America to end slavery. Many people were also killed due to these movements.
The white people were not in favor of abolishing the practice of slavery.
The rapid expansion of the cotton industry in the Deep South after the invention of the cotton gin greatly increased demand for the labor of enslaved people, and the Southern states continued as slave societies.
The United States became ever more polarized over the issue of slavery, split into slave and free states.
Driven by labor demands from new cotton plantations in the Deep South, the northern slave states sold over a million enslaved people who were taken to the Deep South in a forced migration.
The total population of enslaved people in the South eventually reached four million.
As the United States expanded, the Southern states attempted to extend slavery into the new western territories to allow pro-slavery forces to maintain their power in the nation.
The new territories acquired via the Louisiana purchase and the Mexican cession were the subject of major political crises and compromises. By 1850, the newly-rich, cotton-growing South was threatening to secede from the Union, and tensions continued to rise.
Slavery was defended in the South as a “positive good”, and large Protestant denominations split over the slavery issue into regional organizations of the North and South.
When Abraham Lincoln won the 1860 election on a platform of halting the expansion of slavery, seven states broke away to form the Confederacy.
Shortly afterward, the Civil War began when Confederate forces attacked the US Army’s Fort Sumter. Four additional slave states then seceded after Lincoln requested arms from them to make a retaliatory strike.
Due to Union measures such as the Confiscation Acts and the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the war effectively ended slavery even before the institution was banned by constitutional amendment.
Following the Union victory in the Civil War, slavery was made illegal in the United States upon the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment in December 1865.
It has been years since the practice of slavery was over. But there is still discrimination against black people.
Whites occupy all the major resources. Most black people are poor and unemployed. Most of the black people are also in the jails of America.
Somebody has said that dissatisfied and poor people do not vote in democracy if they are not satisfied with ruling government.
Perhaps that’s why thousands of disgruntled black people have come down the streets for the movement demanding instant justice for George Floyd.
This movement has become violent. Riots are happening everywhere. Shops are being looted and set on fire.
There are clashes between police and protesters. In which people have lost their lives too.
The condition of the general public in America is quite pathetic. Millions of people have become unemployed and bankrupt due to Corona virus.
People do not have any saving or money left to pay their house or car loan monthly bank installment.
The entire economy of America is running on debt. 90% of the people don’t even have $ 500 in their bank account.
Despite all this, the share market is going well. There is no fall in it. Needless to say that richer getting richer and poor turning more poorer.
So perhaps this general public anger should not be just on the death of George Floyd.
Rather, this outrage should also be against promoting capitalism, giving maximum benefits to high race or white people and completely ignoring middle class or black people growth and employment. .
Donald Trump has also become aggressive on seeing the situation. He is saying that he will put the army to control the situation.
But Trump also has to understand the real situation. The solution to this problem will have to be found through peaceful dialogue.
First of all, the policeman who did all this will have to punish him as soon as possible, so that people trust can be maintained on law & order and governance of country without any biased.
At the same time strict laws have to be enacted against policeman who discriminate people on the basis on their race.
A strict message to be given to police folks that people should not be discriminated on the basis of color and race.
Black people should also be given basic facilities at the appropriate level.
An equal opportunity should be given to black people to grow and develop socially and financially.
To become equal partners in the development of the country.
Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King have always raised their voices against racism by fighting the fight against racism and providing people their fundamental right.
Martin Luther King
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.
“A riot is the language of the unheard.”
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
“No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.”
“To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.”
“You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.”
“I hate racial discrimination most intensely and all its manifestations. I have fought all my life; I fight now, and will do so until the end of my days. Even although I now happen to be tried by one, whose opinion I hold in high esteem, I detest most.”
The American police will also have to show compassion to the Black people.
In America, many people belong to high race are still not punished or left out for their severe crime while black people are being persecuted for no or petty crime.
Being a black person in America is a crime itself, that is why when a black person bought a packet of cigarettes for $ 20, he was brutally arrested on the basis of complaint of counterfeit currency.
While it is yet to be proved whether the note was fake or not, he was pressed below the knees mercilessly and died. While he kept shouting that I could not breathe. But the cruel policeman felt no pity on him because he was a black person.
This clearly shows the attitude of the police towards the black people.
This topic is not just about white and black people. Rather there is still many types of discrimination in the society all over the world.
There is religious discrimination in many countries. People of some religions consider themselves to be the best.
They torture people of other religions.
People of many castes, considering themselves as the best, persecute the lower caste people.
All this discrimination has no place in modern and civilized society. We should all protest against this.
God has made all humans equal. Everyone has the right to live and grow.
This century is the most developed century where a large numbers of humans are educated and cultured.
Therefor, there is no place for racism in modern society.
The same incidents happening at this time are indicative that some political parties want to get people divided into casteism again and make their profit.
However, the vote should be given to those promote peace and harmony and treat all human being equally and oppose racism in an outright manner.