If You’re Tired of Hearing About George Floyd

I have been keeping my big mouth mostly shut the last couple of days. I know people are tired of hearing about this, and I don’t know that I can say anything that hasn’t been said.

Setting a good example has always been a motivating factor for me. Today I see my baby sister and some of my former students adding their voices to the discussion. They remind me that while my words may add nothing, my voice is important.

If you’re tired of hearing about George Floyd, maybe you should have spoken up in 2012, when Rekia Boyd was killed by an off duty police officer who saw her walking down a street with her friends. He told them to be quiet, and he fired when he THOUGHT he saw a gun. Prosecutors charged him with involuntary manslaughter. A judge acquitted him in April 2016, saying he’d been improperly charged.

If you’re tired of hearing about George Floyd, maybe you should have spoken up in 2014, when Eric Garner died after a white officer placed him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes. A grand jury declined to indict that officer, nor any others involved in the arrest.

If you’re tired of hearing about George Floyd, maybe you should have spoken up in 2016, when Philando Castile was shot and killed while reaching for the ID the officer repeatedly demanded. The officer was charged, but nothing stuck.

These are only a few of the high profile cases. With each incident, I have heard white people getting angry about the outcry. “Not all police!”

Not one person believes that all police are bad. Full Stop.

“Just because he was black doesn’t mean it was racism!”

But you can’t say for certain, and since you are white, you‘ll never have to worry that it could be you or your child, next.

So when I see/hear people who have never said a word in solidarity with our Black Brothers and Sisters, suddenly moved to show their outrage over property damage and theft committed by opportunistic jackasses exploiting a tragedy, it makes me literally ache with sadness and frustration.

The wonderful young man who mows our lawn without being asked is black. He is what I would hope a child I raised would be. Every time something like this happens, I think, “that could have been Trey.”

If you’re tired of hearing about George Floyd do something to stop another unarmed black person from being killed by the police, even if all you can do is add your voice.

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May 30, 2020

I don’t think that whatever I have to say really matters because I am Canadian and Canadians don’t have any say.  I think Trump should have done something to prevent this rioting and when it did happen locked down the country again.  But then I am just a Canadian that doesn’t matter what I think or say….

May 30, 2020


May 30, 2020


May 30, 2020

I think police need to be held accountable! If they kill someone like that they need to go to jail!

May 30, 2020

Well said! It angers me to see this as well as the other instances you’ve mentioned. It is racism! These cops need to go to jail and stay in jail! I’m tired of seeing them get out of it!

June 6, 2020

One thing that one of my other opendiary friends mentioned about the situation is that it’s a classist issue, rather than a racist issue. For example, if George Floyd had been a nicely dressed black man, who hadn’t been imprisoned in the past, would this situation still have happened… especially, if he was a doctor, lawyer, or CEO? I doubt it! Yet, there’s the possibility that if you had made George Floyd white, with the same background, something similar might have happened to him.