[Ed. – Fine, the police tactics were the main contributor to Floyd’s death. Where is Crump’s evidence his race had anything to do with it?]
This year will be remembered as the year of the pandemics, both the COVID-19 pandemic and the 1619 pandemic — the plague of racism that began when the first slave ship carrying Africans in bondage reached our shores. It’s a plague that continues today as Black men and women are killed before our eyes as though their lives had no value.
It has been about six months since the COVID-19 pandemic changed the way Americans live, and nearly four months since George Floyd’s heart-rending death awakened the world to the long, continuing shadow cast by systemic racism.
Last week in Minneapolis, we heard the expected defense of those who would exonerate the officers who killed Floyd — the “blame the victim” defense. They claimed that Floyd died of a drug overdose rather than from the asphyxiation. …