I Can't Breathe
Updated: May 26, 2021
A music and voice indictment of the history leading to the murder of George Floyd and a hope that finally we can leave all that behind us.
The murder of George Floyd by a police officer in May 2020 shattered global complacency on racism. The intensity of the global reaction to those horrific eight minutes caught everyone by surprise. Individuals and organisations have since scrambled to come up to date with a world where they thought these horrors were historical and safely in the past.
Beauty is not monochrome - Pope Francis, Iraq, March 2021
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The stark difference was this time white liberals reacted globally as if one of their own had been taken. Instead of, as before, being outraged that another injustice had been done to black people. Many wondered: Why now? Why this man? This name? Why not Rodney King in Los Angeles in 1991? If you're old enough, you may remember Rodney King. But I doubt you know what happened to Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta in June 2020?. And he is not the only one.
Perhaps it was because Floyd's murder was caught on camera in the age of social media where a captured moment can go viral globally in minutes. For whatever reason, enough is finally enough.
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