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Black Discrimination: Minneapolis Cop Chauvin Who Knelt on Handcuffed Black Man Arrested

Updated on May 31, 2020
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An senior air warrior and political observer who has the pulse of the region and can sense a change when it comes.

The General Bias

An incident that shows the United States in very poor light has taken place in Minneapolis. A black African-American was done to death when a police officer used his leg as a neck restraint on a man, who was handcuffed and on the ground. The man died and very rightly there have been protests in America. The videos that have emerged of the incident shows at least four police officers in poor light. The result has been negative for America and the Minneapolis police.

What the police did is reprehensible and deserves to be condemned. Many in America and Minneapolis are aghast. An agitation has commenced resulting in the four officers involved being suspended and one of them arrested. Sadly, such an incident has taken place after 150 years of the abolition of slavery. It sends out a disturbing message to the African-Americans who have been at the receiving end. Does it mean the white man has still not accepted the black as an equal?

The blacks are at the receiving end all over the world. The black color is somehow associated with something inferior and not desirable. I recollect that when I was a member of the Air Staff Inspection Team we were invited by the United States Air Force for a study. A couple of officers dated women. I recollect everybody wanted to date a white girl and one officer who dated a black was the butt of all sorts of jokes and ridicule. I bring out this incident only to show the general bias against the black skin.

Many Africans have protested at their treatment in China and Russia because of the color of the skin. These are all documented and even now African students in Wuhan complained of discrimination. I have not been able to understand why this bias against color continues. One reason could be that all fairytales and ancient scriptures define fairness as a criterion for beauty. This is something ingrained and I am afraid I don't know how one can get away from this.

In the United States, there is a subtle difference from what is happening around the globe because here the gun culture rules. The policeman is apt to use the gun on a black man at the first opportunity. The incident which happened at Minneapolis is well known and there has been a terrible backlash after the young man died. Riots have broken out. This is something that should not happen but then many Afro -Americans feel how do they get justice?

The genesis of such incidents

In America, the black man has been greatly discriminated against and the sad part is that in the 21st-century it is still prevalent. I recollect reading that in 1913, thirteen black soldiers were summarily hanged for mutiny on flimsy evidence. The due process of law was not followed by the US Army. That's not a long time back and is an incident that must rankle the American military.

At one time at least in the southern states, there were organizations like the Ku Klux Klan which went around hunting African -Americans. The problem is that African -Americans cannot be wished away. They constitute about 15% of the population. The whites in America must realize that the black man did not come to America on his own. He was brought there by slave ships from the western coast of Africa to work on the plantations and the big farms in the south. Generations of African- Americans were born in slavery and died as slaves and despite Abraham Lincoln fighting the American Civil War and winning it with slavery being one of the issues the bias against the black man has not gone. I am afraid the church condoned it.

In my visits to America, I have observed that areas, where the blacks are in preponderance, the crime rate for heinous crimes like murder, assault, robbery, and rape, are much more than the national average. I have been thinking about it and I realize that perhaps the African -American has not been integrated into American society. Why he has not been integrated is not a difficult question to answer. I find Americans will easily accept an Indian in America but they will not give the same position to an African -American.

The African-American is thus having fewer job opportunities and the young man is likely to fall into the easiest way of earning money through crime by robbery, mugging, or assault.

That is perhaps the reason that the majority of the prisoners serving sentences in American jails are African- Americans though they constitute only about 15% of the population. Over the last hundred years, however, there has been one significant change, earlier when a black was done to death or something similar happened there were only passive protests. But now this has given way to violent protests as we have seen in Minnesota. The protestors are out on the streets and a police station has been burnt down.

I need not recounts the incident here but there have been tens of incidents where African- Americans have either been shot dead or arrested and then treated in a very inhuman manner. Even though there are a fair number of African -Americans in the police force.

Last word

To my mind what has happened is bad. There is discrimination against black men in the developed world but also in counties like Russia and China. But the violence with which the black man is dealt with in America is not there in other countries. The four police officers who have been indicted for the killing of the African-American should be punished but it will be a ripple in the pond. What is important is how can African Americans in America live with dignity and not killed with impunity.

I have already pointed out the discrimination against the black color in most places in the world. Sadly even the Chinese and Indians who are brown-skinned look down on the black Negro.

I think what America needs is Gandhi. For all his faults the man has given a new meaning to political agitations. He never believed in the gun and believed in satyagraha or mass movements without violence. Wonder if it can be successful in America. The Minneapolis case is not the last case and many more will come but somebody has to catch the bull by the horns. The white man himself has to be magnanimous and accept the black as an equal.

I have made my confession. I do feel that this color tag must go. But I am a small man and I am also guilty of some bias but I do hope that in the years to come all this will be a thing of the past but again I'm not too sure.

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    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh emge 

      13 months ago from Singapore

      AB Williams, firstly I must state that you have raised valid points. Police forces all over the world are the same and I am sure the American police officers are doing a lot of good. It's something that is inherent in a man who wears a uniform. I have worn one and I can say this with confidence. There are some bad eggs, take action against them and I agree to tar the entire force with a black brush is just not on. So many blacks are to blame, I wonder how their cause is strengthened by looting stores and burning. Thank you for your comment.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh emge 

      13 months ago from Singapore

      Thanks Flourish for your comment. Yes, we must differentiate between the bad and good eggs.

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      A B Williams 

      13 months ago from Central Florida

      Hi MG,

      It does reflect badly on us, no doubt about it, but, as Pamela stated most cops are good and are doing their best. Their hearts and minds are in the right place. I am praying for them, because the actions of 1 or 2 bad apples (in the spotlight) has put a bad light on all of Law Enforcement, throughout a very large Country!

      Most of us get along just fine, but there is a constant effort to pit us one against the other, one group against another...by people with destructive agendas in mind, I refer to them as anarchists.

      Do you ever see the multiple videos circulating of Police Officers playing basketball with kids in the neighborhoods they patrol, building them up, giving them pep talks? They are out there!

      Do you ever see the multiple videos circulating of Police Officers rescuing kids from almost drowning or saving them from choking? They are often on the scene before Paramedics and often there's no time to wait. They are out there!

      We are all being exposed to ONLY the bad, so naturally, it will appear that this is an epidemic problem. It's not!

      There's a video circulating now of a young black man pushing a very old woman over and into a fire hydrant, just for the hell of it. I don't watch that video and think...oh this is what all young black males do.

      That's just stupid. I know better.

      There are powerful people funding chaos right now in this Country. They are anti-capitalists, anti-America, anti-Constitution and they will milk every story of a situation which has gone wrong or very badly, while hiding the volumes of all that goes right!!!

      It's how they tear us apart, it's how they destroy this Country!

      I know it is very difficult to find anything positive these days, but try seeking out a conservative/libertarian site/voice, a different perspective that isn't all about creating hate, distrust and hopelessness.... you'll have a whole new perspective on this Country.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Be very careful who you allow to carry a badge and carry a weapon. The uniform can attract both honorable and dishonorable individuals and we need better ways to differentiate them.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh emge 

      14 months ago from Singapore

      Pamela, I completely agree with you. All this burning and arson cannot be tolerated but there is a bias against the black colour and it's not confined to America.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      14 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This was a horrible occurence. "We all bleed red" and there is no room for bias. I cried when I saw that horrible video, and why wouldn't the other 3 tell that one cop to stop. I have no answers.

      We have the right to protest but not burn not and steal from multiple businesses. While this occurence was horrific, it does not give people the right to steal, wreck and burn down stores.

      I think most police officers are good and do their jobs without bias, but obviously some are not good. I can't imagine seeing this happen and staying silent. I pray that things in my country will improve.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh emge 

      14 months ago from Singapore

      Thank you, Chitra for commenting

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes, we came across this sad news. Discrimination based on the colour of the skin, or on the basis of any other reason, must stop everywhere around the World.

      Thanks for drawing the attention of the readers, with well made points.

    • emge profile imageAUTHOR

      MG Singh emge 

      14 months ago from Singapore

      Thank you for your comment, Ruby. I wonder what is the reason for all this brutality and really I am unable to come to any conclusion. The best thing is to at least punish the men who indulge in such acts.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I hope the police officer gets what he deserves. I really thought that discrimination would be a thing of the past since we elected President Obama, but I believe it's worse. When are we ever going to believe we all were created equal? Red, yellow. black and white, all precious in God's sight. A new video has emerged, taken from a different angle, showing all the other police officers had their knee in his back. Murder-in-the-first-degree should be the sentence.

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