George Floyd’s Murder is Black America’s Definition of Insanity
Maybe the solution for Black people
next time is to go out into the streets
of this country and shut it down until
they either give us justice or we take
it by any means necessary.
Statement from the International Black Freedom Alliance - A Global Collective Created in Ferguson, MO in 2016
FERGUSON, MO, May 27, 2020 - It has been nearly six years since the murder of Michael Brown, seven since Trayvon (Martin), almost twenty-eight years since Rodney King and about sixty-five years since the lynching of Emmett Till in this country. And now comes the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, whose cries of “I cannot breathe” were ignored by the two officers who murdered him. Unfortunately, there is an incalculable number of other Black people whose murders have not been fully accounted for.
Since this nation’s inception, Blacks die daily, and whites walk free. There has been much discussion about what must be done about these extrajudicial killings, yet the cycle continues. Another hashtag goes viral, we march, and then things go back to “normal.”
The media claims repeatedly that the definition of insanity is “repeating the same mistake over and over and expecting different results.” We need to break this cycle because it is not bringing about any substantial changes. Plenty of people have had their hands in the pot, but none have quite gotten a grip on what’s truly needed to end it for once and for all.
Every time this nation’s disenfranchised, poor and huddled masses take to the streets to shut it down, we are told that there are better ways. And just like clockwork, so-called Black leaders met with so-called leaders of the “free world” to discuss justice, and like only like always, those so-called Black leaders come back empty-handed. Over time, we the Black masses leave the streets with our hope dashed and our faith destroyed.
No matter how many eyewitnesses or alibis are on the scene. No matter how many body cameras or cell phone footage that we see, justice always remains out of our reach.
Maybe the solution is not a nonprofit-sponsored protest or a labor-backed march and rally. Maybe it’s not another movement that fits neatly into one party or another. And maybe it’s not another blue-vest, self-promotional website or a hashtag for awards and speaking engagements. Maybe the solution for Black people next time is to go out into the streets of this country and shut it down until they either give us justice or we take it by any means necessary. If that fails, it will become explicitly clear that we need our own land and our governance.
About The IBFA
The International Black Freedom Alliance or TheIBFA is a Pan African (All Black People Everywhere) collective (Organization) who organizes without borders (around the world) to bring forth Liberation (Freedom) through an Alliance (Network) of Local (Community) Organizing.