Friday, May 29, 2020

Minneapolis Murder: George Floyd's death again shows racial bigotry, deep biases in police that lead to atrocities

Shams Ur Rehman Alavi

Once again a black life is lost to police brutality.

This happened in Minneapolis in America, yet another case of killing that is clearly due to racial discrimination.

George Floyd's murder shows that how section of police personnel, continue to use excessive force against citizens belonging to the marginalized communities and remain hostile towards them.

Biases, attitudes in society, racial bigotry lead to such killings. The same disease that ails police and authorities across countries--victims are targeted because of hate towards the race or community. 

Dominant groups create narrative that dehumanizes weaker section & targets-mistreats them. Law same on paper but applied differently. Violence is unfortunate but officers must face action.

We hope that there would be stern action against the guilty. It happens in India, where we see Muslims facing attacks, getting lynched and framed in cases. The lower castes, the poor also suffer and face violence.

In a recent incident, a lawyer was beaten and later policemen claimed that mistook him and beat him as they felt he was a Muslim. It happens in several other countries too. We stand with the victims and we must speak for the oppressed across the world, irrespective of their race or faith.

There is need for better representation for people of colour in USA, just like better representation of Muslims is needed in Indian police. Heart goes out to the family of the victim. We want Justice for George Floyd. In Solidarity From India.