As we speak I take a look at the three ideas of energy, historical past, and democracy in the gentle of the killing of the black American George Floyd by a white policeman in Minnesota within the US which has engendered so a lot grief and consternation world wide this week. I intend to look at the nice , the unhealthy and ugly facet of this ugly incident simply just like the title of Clint Eastwood’s well-known violence and motion movie,’ The good, the unhealthy and the ugly. ‘I really feel unhappy to jot down on the killing of George Floyd due to the best way he was slaughtered and suffocated by a white Police man whose spouse instantly sued for divorce after seeing what her husband had carried out ; whereas the Police authorities tried to down play the homicide in plain sight by calling it manslaughter even because the sufferer begged for all times by moaning repeatedly – ‘I can’t breathe ‘. That loss of life moan has grow to be the rallying cry for justice and democracy in most American and European capitals in current days and the protests have as typical degenerated into looting, stealing and hooliganism which I will ignore for now as I look at what precipitated all these protests which in fact will quickly peter out, to what Shakespeare referred to as‘ a story advised by an fool, full of sound and fury signifying nothing.‘
Please keep in mind that this grotesque occasion of a homicide occurred through the pandemic and no person talked about social distance or lockdown because the protesters flocked the streets of their 1000’s to use democracy to vent their anger. So in a method this almighty pestilence took a hiding that diminished its glorification as a an epidemic by scientists and medical statisticians who have closed society at massive as a result of of its risk. In the identical method the US President Donald Trump tried to steal non secular thunder and authority by utilizing the bible as a political weapon towards the protesters, however failed mightily and woefully. However he unwittingly reminded watching Nigerians of Fela Anikulapo’s immortal tune – ‘Authority Stealing ‘. Certainly, Trump tried so disgracefully to subvert and misuse faith on this George Floyd matter, however fell flat on his face politically as he deserved . Inadvertently, he grew to become faux information himself on his actions on this matter. Certainly he deserves no pity on his gamble on faith, on which he has proven clearly that so far as he’s involved the Police can do no improper so far as they kill solely individuals of shade within the US. Which to me is a tragedy that makes Trump a most racist politician a lot like the proverbial ostrich with its head buried within the sand. How he can win this November 2020 US Presidential election with this angle and posture will be the actual surprise of this world earlier than‘ our very eyes‘.
Sadly too, faith took a hiding , as a result of Trump confirmed its attraction and fragility to impress or conceal democratic malfeasance and political rascality and insensitivity. Once more, how the American president will climb out of the political gutter and trench he has dug for himself on this George Floyd homicide, will stay his personal political funeral to kind out, as he seeks a very bold reelection which this tragedy has given ft of clay with his bible holding charade of a stunt.
We return now to the fundamentals of at present’s competition. Energy, in any democracy like the US or Nigeria is derived from the idea of presidency of the individuals, by the individuals and for the individuals . However that’s not at all times the case as a result of governments ignore the rights and safety of their residents most occasions because the George Floyd homicide has proven within the US this week.
In Nigeria, the equal of this was the killing of Nigerians in Kaduna, Zamfara, the North East and Sokoto State from the place Senator Ibrahim Gobir representing Sokoto East within the Nigerian senate lamented just lately, to no impact, that Nigerians in his half of the nation rely extra on troopers from neighboring Niger Republic for his or her security and lives, as a result of after they referred to as Nigerian troopers they by no means confirmed up to defend them. The Sultan of Sokoto, a former army officer additionally lamented on insecurity and killings in Sokoto and referred to as on the military to modernize its armoury to defend these Nigerians. These are our George Floyds and so they are Nigerians and it’s the obligation of authorities to make use of the reliable violence and authority it has, to beat bandits and terrorists who kill Nigerians with impunity in Sokoto and different such locations. That is the essence and which means of presidency and that was what these Nigerians voted for even within the President’s house state of Katsina which suffered an identical destiny such that a army expedition has simply been despatched to quell the insurgency and marauding.
Sadly, it’s such state monopoly of violence to impact authority that the Police has usurped within the US to kill black Individuals incessantly and with impunity, until we bought to George Floyd this week . Even after that extra blacks have been killed in these protests together with a restaurant proprietor reputed to be giving free meals to cops on shift duties. The historical past of the US and the American Civil Warfare which was received by Republican President Abraham Lincoln [1861–1865] to free slaves is the basis explanation for the unstoppable killing of blacks within the US resulting in that of George Floyd. The president who succeeded Lincoln, Andrew Johnson [1865- 1869] his former Vice President, did not imagine in giving blacks equal rights with whites that Lincoln fought and died for. That successor Andrew Johnson was impeached like Donald Trump however was cleared within the Senate like Trump, however with a paltry vote of one. Successive US governments have at all times ran the US like a Police state as a result of they concern for their safety and lives in checking police energy . It is because Police members ‘unions contribute to the marketing campaign elections of state Lawyer Generals, native Sheriffs and even elected judges as is the case in some states in the US.
Sthe upkeep of regulation and order is the enhancement of police energy by political leaders to stop anarchy and guarantee their very own safety on the expense of blacks who have been traditionally profiled as crime inclined and unworthy of equal rights with whites . Thus supplanting the motive for which the American Civil was fought and received by President Abraham Lincoln . Even the Obama Administration – 2009 – 2016 – might solely survive in this context . Even out of workplace Obama this week has referred to as the rioters and looters to order as he did repeatedly for the eight years he was in energy whereas blacks had been killed by Police in his tenure . Even if Michelle , Obama’s spouse turns into the Vice Presidential candidate of the Democratic Get together on this 2020 presidential elections the killing of blacks by American Police will nonetheless proceed and the looting will observe and be condemned and the Police invariably pacified for the killing of blacks .
Once more , the rationale will not be tough to see and it lies on the ft of American liberal democracy and conservative politics and their political views and ideology . The liberals these days place intercourse and female rights far above black Individuals rights . Certainly homosexual rights had been equated with civil rights and this was stolen into state and federal legal guidelines through the Obama Administration . To change that is the political motive of the current Republicans with Trump as their champion and that’s the reason his Administration is placing Conservative judges within the Supreme Courtroom to reverse the sexual orientation legal guidelines of earlier liberal American governments together with the Obama one simply just lately . The vengeance of this violent cultural however democratic battle was proven within the dedicated and deadly violence with which the white police officer held George Floyd, a 6ft 4in large , however a black man , by the throat until he died. It was homicide most foul and most reprehensible . However its pedigree is in American historical past and democracy of the police state , referred to as the rule of regulation by which the black man’s rights has at all times been a disposable commodity .This has been so , since Abe Lincoln fought the American Civil battle however did not dwell to see by means of the actual Reconstruction and freedom of the black slaves for which he fought and received that battle . Ever since , historical past has been repeating itself with Police killings of blacks within the US and I’m saddened in a really morbid method , to indicate why it would not finish with the grotesque killing of the light large referred to as George Floyd in Minnesota this final week . As soon as once more , from the fury of this pandemic , Good Lord Ship Nigeria.