George Floyd was killed on Monday in Minneapolis. He’s a black man who was handcuffed, pinned to the ground, and died after a white police officer rendered him unable to breathe by pressing and holding his knee down upon Floyd’s neck for an extended period of time. Video of the incident includes Floyd helplessly saying “I can’t breathe” while the cop holds him down in that position.
Titus O’Neil reacted to Floyd’s death on Instagram by expressing how hopeless he feels as a black father trying to raise two black men, in a country where these incidents of police brutality against black people are a recurring nightmare.
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I'm literally sitting in my car looking at pictures of me and my sons and just came to tears. As a black father this shit is frustrating, hurtful, Scary etc, I’ve been able to teach my kids a lot about life but I’m not equipped to teach or tell my kids or other black and brown kids on how to deal with Type of shit OVER AND OVER AGAIN I doubt very seriously that my Friends, Coworkers, business partners etc that don’t look like me have EVER had to think about half the stuff I do as a Black Parent trying to Raise two Black Men in this country. I doubt they’ve ever had to Have “The Talk” with their children, I doubt they’ll ever Have to tell their children how beautiful and Amazing they are as much as I tell mine, I doubt they’ll have to wonder if their kids will be okay with driving their cars outside of getting into an accident , I doubt they have to go shopping for Body cameras to install in their kids vehicles, I have a lot of doubts, Concerns, Anger, Frustration and Questions....WHAT I DON’T have is ANSWERS and That’s where many Black and Brown people are at today and have been for years. I can’t explain to them that the outrage people have for hurting Dogs and Animals is deafening, yet the outrage for Killing Black Men and women with A Law enforcement Uniform on seems to be addressed as business as usual. I don’t feel like a SuperHero, I don’t have any answers and I do feel hopeless in this situation. #ImNotOkWithThis @titus11k @tjbullardd @davebautista
Dave Batista recorded a video where he expressed his frustration and anger over Floyd’s death:
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I recorded this yesterday out of anger and frustration but it didn’t load correctly. I feel like it’s still my responsibility as a human being to post this. I’m sure a lot of people will be able to relate. No comments necessary. Just sending love to my fellow human beings who are also angry and frustrated and not sure where to direct it. ✌ #DreamChaser #OneRace
I recommend that you listen to Batista’s entire video. Here is just one brief snippet of what he said:
“Everybody in America should have a problem with this. Every white person, every black person, every brown person, every yellow person. Every human being should have an issue with this. This man was murdered by this police officer...if you’re not speaking up and saying that you’re not okay with this, this shit’s gonna continue to happen. And if you’re not speaking out against this, then you’re a part of the problem, and you’re letting this happen. Because until we all get together and stand up and say we’re not okay with this shit, it’s gonna continue to happen.”
I will take Batista’s advice and use this platform here to say that I am not okay with this. George Floyd was needlessly murdered by law enforcement simply because he’s a black man. The United States of America has major problems with systemic racism that Floyd’s death is just the latest example. It’s right here in our faces, where it has always been, and it’s the most disgusting aspect of our society. This shit is very real, it permeates our culture, and we need to stand up against all forms of racism.