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Take the knee

George Floyd was killed on the street without reason or need. He was murdered by a police officer while the officer's colleagues looked on. His neck was kneeled on for almost nine minutes, while he could he begged to be allowed to breath. It was horrific and the response was - quite rightly - one of utter outrage.

Protests followed, not only because of the incident but the wider sense of institutionalised racism among the police and the US in general didn't need much of a touchpaper to ignite. George Floyd's killing, the current climate, and inflammatory words from those in authority set in motion an inevitable series of events. Naturally enough what started as a protest soon became worse, far worse. Of course people were going to use it as an excuse to steal five televisions, of course the police were going to provide plenty of examples of their heavy handedness and brutality. Of course people were going to die.

Online we naturally saw people pointing out George Floyd was not a good man. He'd indulged in crime, terrorised others, not a great guy. But how does that change the fact he was killed by police when they already had him under control? The police are there to enforce the law not to act as judge, jury, and executioner. No matter what the man did he was a man who was needlessly killed, that I assume is the legacy people refer to. No, I don't think canonisation of the man is reasonable but I fully understand it, people want a rallying point and it's hard to rally around someone who really wasn't all that great.

Regardless, there is no justification for what happened. There never could be. Yet people naturally tried because we all want the world to conform to our view, we all see it through our lens. Others were naturally disgusted with this approach, it was racism they would cry. Anyone trying to justify violence is simply a part of the problem, disgusting, heartless. I might well agree, I'd agree even more quickly if those decrying these activities didn't indulge in them so wholeheartedly.

I watched a video of an elderly white shopkeeper being beaten by a group of "protesters" who were smashing up her shop. Surely there's no defending that? Well no, the explanations always start with "Not that I'm justifying it but..." and then they'd explain she called them "the N word". I couldn't hear it in the video but even if she did they beat her like a ginger step child and even used planks of wood to do it. An older woman. Apparently "that's what happens". Imagine saying that about George Floyd? About a genuine protester who gets pepper sprayed and hit with a baton? "That's what happens".

A car full of black people drives through the crowds, some moronic white bloke outstretches his arms. I imagine he says something the people in the car don't like because they stop the car and knock him out. Again, people jumping in saying "he must have said something" or one guy saying "His mouth wrote a cheque his body couldn't cash. It's not our fault white people can't fight". How does "It's not our fault black people are so violent" sound? Personally I think it sounds fucking awful but apparently - on Twitter - I'm either wrong or find myself surrounded by the kind of white folks who spell black with an N and two G's. Not company I enjoy.

Does anybody truly believe, even for a moment, that anything will be solved while we leave it to the worst examples of our people and then look for ways to justify their actions? Guys stealing five TV's "Racism, they're reacting to racism". No they aren't, they're thieving scum who just happen to be black. Here in the UK when we had protests a few years ago and people did the same, I saw a lot of people who were "reacting to police brutality and poverty" stealing items from shops and setting fire to what they didn't want. They weren't victims, they were fucking criminals.

Take the knee, fight racism, fight oppression, do the right thing. But for pity's sake stop turning it into a fucking competition and bending over backwards to excuse the actions of those you're uncomfortable criticising, whether that's black people, the police, or whoever. Being an arsehole is a universal human right, it's the one thing we all have in common regardless of race, creed, or colour. Accept it, but stop embracing it.

"Being an arsehole is a universal human right" true...

These things usually start with good intentions. They are started by people often marginalised, they are started by the disaffected and the brutalised. Unfortunately it almost always turns into a shit show because the lowest of humanity take advantage. No, I don’t think race is the deciding factor in the result, even if it was the start of the movement. Criminals will use anything, any excuse for an easy target, a quick score.


I think it does have to be said here that the biggest crims are the ones hiding behind uniforms and their bosses hiding behind desks in their neatly pressed suits. I hope that some of those that they look down on with such disgust accidentally shoved a huge packet of itching powder into the crotch of those very fine trousers before handing them back.

H, Most of what you say I agree with. There is a difference between a protest and riot. These looters are criminal, no matter the race. The problem is, criticism of the african american people that commit these crimes aren't tolerated, even excused. While any occidental latino or asian that commit these crimes are called terrorist and racists. I noticed it didn't take long, about a week, for the violence to subside. Makes you wonder doesn't it, how the violence ended so quickly. when in the past it would have go on for weeks months, even years. What's happened is that the systemic entrenched black supremacist's drove out the radicals on all sides. Best way to do that - cut the funding. Also, there are images of black supremacy in the protests - the raised fist (inspired by communism), the green and blue striped and green stared american flag, which is known to be a racist anti-white black supremacist flag and emblem.  Race conflict is the best way to destroy a nation through internal conflict. Read the later writings of Marx, and those of Lenin and Trotsky, to see how socialism - in all it's forms - is designed to destroy a people, a culture, a society, a nation.

Of course he was a cunt..he did some horrible shit..but the officers who killed/let him be killed were 100% in the wrong..he shouldnt have died that way.

The reaction was political from the first..its now normal to protest/riot whenever some homeboy gets killed by coppers..even when its justified..the mainstream media either dont care that what they throw out as news stirs up racial hatred..or they are doing it deliberately..i believe the there anything to be done?..fucxk in Cornwall they are trying to get 16yr olds votiing in council elections..because kids have evidently shown how interested and clued up they are about climate change and BLM..

Who benefits from all the chaos?...thats the real question.

The Knights of Knee....shrubbery...shrubbery....OMG'd! It's a bloody rabbit!