The Killing of George Floyd:  Racism in a Country Living on Borrowed Time

Los Angeles, 31 May 2020, 2 AM

(No. XII in the series:  The Fact of Being Black:  History, Culture, Politics)


Police officer exercising “knee restraint” on George Floyd in Minneapolis, about 8:05 PM, Monday, 25 May 2020, frame from a video taken by a witness to the killing.

As I write this, nearly all of America’s largest cities are under curfew extending through the night into dawn. It is not even a week since George Floyd, a 46-year old African American male, died as he lay pinned to the ground by a white police officer.  Minneapolis, where the killing took place, has been roiled by protests for the last five days, and demonstrators have taken to the streets across the country, necessitating Continue reading