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” When you step outside every day knowing you’re twice as likely to be killed by someone sworn to protect you just because of the color of your skin, you’re dealing with a different type of fear.”

Racism has existed throughout human history. It may be defined as the hatred of one person by another or the belief that another person is less than human because of skin colour, language, customs, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person. It has influenced wars, slavery, the formation of nations and legal codes.

People often associate racism with acts of abuse or harassment. However, it doesn’t need to involve violent or intimidating behaviour. Take racial name-calling and jokes or consider situations when people may be excluded from groups or activities because of where they come from. Racism can be revealed through people’s action as well as their attitudes. It can also be reflected in systems and institutions. But sometimes it may not be revealed at all.

Everyone started talking about this issue a lot recently because of the death of George Floyd. Taking a knee down and ignoring social distancing measures, the outraged protesters kicked off global rallies against racism and police brutality.

George Floyd was an unarmed black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on 25th may after maltreated by a police officer. The video footage showed the white police officer Derek kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes while he is pinned to the floor.

The white male officer Derek Chauvin has been dismissed and charged with murder and three other officers who were at the scene has also been sacked and charged with aiding and abetting. As the national anger over the death of George Floyd showed little sign of abating, from coast to coast demonstrators marched in cities across the country.

Trump’s response to police violence was a marked departure from the Obama administration’s. Since Michael Brown’s death, which began a nationwide reckoning and rejuvenated the Black Lives Matter movement, Obama had used his authority to target problematic police departments, including those in Ferguson, Chicago and Baltimore, with justice department investigations.

Thousands gathered in Washington D.C. to protest both Floyd’s death and President Donald Trump’s use of military personnel in response to largely peaceful demonstrations. Marchers also filed across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, while others walked the boulevards of Hollywood and a Nashville, Tennessee.

Seattle police also said projectiles had been thrown and several officers were hurt by “improvised explosives”. Earlier in New York, crowds crossed the Brooklyn Bridge, while in San Francisco demonstrators briefly shut the Golden Gate Bridge. In Chicago, about 30,000 people rallied in Union Park, and a Hollywood intersection was blocked by protesters in Los Angeles.

The anti-racism marches and rallies in Europe, energized by demonstrations in the United States in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, have led to the destruction of statues linked to slavery and demands for a reckoning with racial discrimination. The European protesters have denounced the bigotry within their own countries and demanded that the authorities address it.

Sidewalk graffiti after an anti-police brutality protest in Los Angeles on June 5.
 Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images

What “abolish the police” means by Sean illing

In the aftermath of nationwide protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd, a slogan has emerged: “Abolish the police.

The phrase, predictably, has created plenty of controversy.And it even sounds a tad extreme for people on the left who believe that our way of policing is broken but shudder at the thought of doing away with cops entirely.

Yet there are different ways to think about a slogan like “abolish the police.” You can think of it as a literal policy proposal. Or you can think of it as a rhetorical device designed to shift the overton window on what’s politically feasible. If it’s the latter, then the real goal isn’t to terminate the police so much as frame the discussion in a way that makes radical change possible.

One thing is clear: The movement is hardly monolithic. Yes, the thinkers and activists involved with the movement all see the phrase as a serious call to completely rethink the very concept of law enforcement in this country. But they don’t all agree on the meaning of “abolish the police” — they see it as the distillation of a whole host of changes that go well beyond what is typically considered “realistic.” It is, in that sense, an attempt to think big in a moment that cries out for root-and-branch transformation.

Justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahamaud Arbery, Araliana Jefferson, Aura Rosser, Stephon Clark, Botham Jean, Philando Castille, Alton Sterling, Michelle Cusseaur, Freddie Gray, Janisha Fonville, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Gabriella Nevarez, Tamir rice, Michael Brown, Tanisha Anderson. #blm


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