That's the title of one of my favourite songs. The most lethal, the most essential thing is to hear your own voice. Also, keeping up with the idea of writing as catharsis, this one blog is dedicated all to myself. More Solipsism would be hard to find. And I like it like that. Oh, and this is a queer (and self-proclaimed 'ADULT') blog so go ahead, make your day... mine is done.
When they read the guilty verdict for the killer of George Floyd I realized that I was holding my breath. I am not a Black person, and still, this verdict was important to me in ways I had not realized before. Because the fact that police has killed more than fourteen thousand people in the last fourteen years is telling. It's telling that less than eight police officers (counting Chauvin) have been brought to justice is telling. It's also telling that an overwhelming majority of people killed by police is Black.
But this is just a first step. The media keeps using the police's point of view to report on these deaths, forgetting that the police was created to hunt down Black bodies. Failing to report the killings of hundreds of Black people who have died just like George Floyd did, puts the onus on the people whose job is to report these kinds of things. It should not be left to bystanders like Darnella Frazier, a then seventeen year old on her way to buy treats for a relative filmed the interaction.
It may be worth pointing out that the trial of the officers that looked the other way while George Floyd was killed is coming up. THEN we will see if Derek Chauvin was thrown under the bus by his colleagues to provide a scapegoat for the rest of the force. There needs to be police reform in America in order to transform the system. The killer of one Black man has been brought to justice, but that should not be a rarity, that should be the rule.
Of course, we need alternatives to the racist, bigoted institutions that police thecountry. Why, would you ask? Well, one example would be because while the verdict for George Floyd's killer was being read yesterday, the police shot and killed a fifteen year old Black girl in Columbus, Ohio. Four shots. And apparently the victim was the one who called the police. That's why Black parents still have to have 'the talk' with their children. That's why the police needs better training. That's why the all-powerful police unions need a reckoning. That's why 'defunding the police' is a thing. That's why Black Lives Matter.