A Frustrating May for Civil Rights
It’s been a rough week for our country, beginning with the death of George Floyd. But it’s been a really rough month for African Americans. The events of May have rightfully infuriated African Americans and our civil rights community.
In mid May a video showing the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of two private citizens was released. In late May the video of a woman threatening to call the police on an African American bird watcher was released. And then a week later, George Floyd was killed, his slow death videotaped while the officer ignored his pleas. Unfortunately that is practically a catalog of the problems that African Americans have historically had with law enforcement in our country.
Any one of these events would have been sad. But to have them all happen within a month was tragically depressing, proof of how far we still have to go remove the vestiges of slavery and racism. How far we still have to go to ensure African Americans have equal rights and equal protections in our country.
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