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Drunkenshoe requested that an American start a topic on George Floyd. I'll start the conversation but I don't have the experience or education to properly address the concerns of black Americans. With that caveat, my perception is that what is going on isn't new and is a consequence of systemic racial injustice that has gone on for hundreds of years and has never been resolved. Black Americans are under stress right now. They are dying of COVID-19 at three times the rate of white Americans. According to Pew Research, 44% of African Americans said in April that they or someone in their household experienced a job or wage loss due to the coronavirus pandemic. While under this stress, three major news stories were published: the killing of Ahmaud Arbery by two white men, a white woman in NYC utilizing law enforcement and race to threaten a black man, and the murder of George Floyd by law enforcement. This motivated people to protest for racial justice, which has escalated into violence in some cities. Because Americans are currently highly polarized, highly stressed and facing a presidential election in November, many people are going to use these incidents to reinforce their existing political narrative.

I was pleasantly surprised that the CEO where I work sent this email:

It saddens me greatly to have to write this message to you. By now, I’m sure you have seen the brutal, tragic news of yet another unarmed black man killed. George Floyd died Monday in Minneapolis, unable to breathe after a police officer held him down for seven minutes. This follows the recent death of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black jogger who was chased and fatally shot by two white men in Georgia. These killings are only the latest in a long list of similar tragedies.

As a husband, father and son myself, I can’t even begin to imagine the pain these incidents have caused. I also know that, as a white man, I have never had to deal with prejudice, discrimination or systemic racism that puts me in danger or degrades my very humanity based on the color of my skin. Yet, across our country and right here at home – in 2020, no less – black men are frequently targeted and even endangered based on their skin color. These men are our family members, our co-workers, our patients and our friends.

This is not right, and I am compelled to stand up against this, both personally and on behalf of Cone Health. Last year, I joined the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion coalition and promised to not only advance diversity and inclusion within our organization but also to check my personal bias, speak up for others and show up for all. As we honor our values and our commitment to being right here with all people, I encourage you to commit to doing one or all of the following things to take a stand:

•   Educate yourself – In this information age, you can explore and learn about almost anything. Take some time to learn more about our country’s history with racism,  and the impacts that we still see today. Here’s a resource to get you started. 
•   Challenge bias and racism – If you see something, say something. Be a voice against racism, one conversation at a time -- whether it’s with your friends, your family members, or your co-workers. Remember: Your silence implies tolerance of the attitude or behavior.
•   Attend an upcoming virtual “Inclusion Circle” led by the Employee Assistance Counseling Program and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that will serve as an outlet for employees to discuss their feelings of grief, hurt and concern. Please look for details soon.

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said,  “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Thank you for standing with us, taking action and living our values and brand promise by supporting racial justice for all. 

mayor of Atlanta speaks up. She makes some very good points.

how is destroying the homes and businesses of african americans suppose to make america better for them? Anyone defending these violent protests needs to get their fucking heads checked.

This link is of Atlanta police chief on the ground talking to protesters:

I don't know how to embed this as a video.

yeah. People what things to change for the better there. These violent protests are not helping that however, its just making things worse.

There was many a case of White people being killed by police, even unarmed women.  Happens every year.  It is how police are trained, to use force first and ask questions later ... they are sociopaths with a badge.  The police (in GB and US) are there to protect the Establishment, not the people.

Police brutality would still happen, even if every American was as Black as a fellow college student of mine, from a W African village (his father could afford to send him to college in America, because he was a chief, and had many wives working hard for him).  My mother would say, Jean (his first name) is so Black he is Dark Purple.

Yes, each time a White person is killed by police, we go to White neighborhoods, loot and burn them.  No?  "The madness of crowds" doesn't follow oh to convenient political ideologies.  It is psychological.  Drunkenshoe is indoctrinated in European ideologies (nothing wrong with that) but it is about as wrong a tool for understanding America as it would be in understanding the W African village Jean came from.

Justice?  Kill all the evil monkeys, no matter their skin color.  Genocide is the only way ;-)


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