Is the United States still racist? The cases of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, explained.
WHO PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT.
- George Floyd, an unarmed black man, has died at a hospital after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground for at least 7 minutes during an arrest.
- Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man, was jogging in the city of Brunswick, Georgia when a former police and his son, both white, shot him. They thought he was a burglar.
WHY SO CONTROVERIAL?
- George Floyd. Police said they responded to a report of a “forgery in progress” at a grocery store and that Floyd resisted arrest. Cell phone video shows an officer pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck, who’s heard repeatedly saying, “I can’t breathe.” State officials have launched a criminal investigation. The FBI is looking into potential civil rights violations.
- Ahmaud Arbery. In this case, no one was arrested for 3 months. One prosecutor said they acted within the state’s laws: as he allegedly attacked them, they had the right of self defense. Questions have arisen as to why it took so long for those arrests to be made.
Many are protesting as they believe they were killed solely because of their race.
Floyd’s death drew comparisons to Eric Garner’s in 2014. He, too, was an unarmed black man who died after being put in a chokehold by a New York City police officer. Garner was also heard on video saying, “I can’t breathe,” which became a national rallying cry at protests against police brutality. a Is the US racist