Dear George Floyd

A letter to a gamechanger

Vuyo Ngcakani

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Photo by Álvaro Serrano on Unsplash

Dear George,
Wow! Are you watching current world events? Are you seeing the turn of events that your assassination has unleashed?

Your story has taken over the airwaves. Covid-19 who?

What a dreadful day that was when your name was joined with Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and others. I believe that Monday, May 25, 2020, will go down as a marker day in world history. Kind of like 9/11.

Why?

As painful as the death of the other African-Americans was, yours was different in that we saw your face and the face of your murderer.
We saw your anguish and we saw his contentment.
We heard your pleas and we saw his indifference.
We heard your cries and we saw his pleasure.
We saw evil personified unleashed on a brother.

As over the top, as some people may think I am, I saw the anti-Christ. When that murderer looked down at you, he was admiring his handiwork like an artist admires his painting. What a monster!

I’m so sorry this happened to you, brother. You didn’t deserve this. We all know that you were no angel but that is irrelevant. To that cop, you were lower than a cockroach that needed to be squashed. And the other three that didn’t stop him are just as culpable. Justice better be served.

All is not lost. Change is coming. Recognition of the treatment of Black people and other minorities around the world is being highlighted.

People are marching, governments are being put on notice, and police departments are being reformed.

I hope you’ll agree with me that violence, looting, setting fires to businesses, and other destructive actions are uncalled for and should be condemned. Unfortunately, there are anarchists amongst the peaceful demonstrators that are causing havoc. Most of the businesses that will be adversely affected will be small, black businesses. It’s a shame.

But change is messy. It’s been eight weeks now and people aren’t letting up. One thing that the economic closure due to COVID-19 has done is given people time to protest. Many have nothing else to do.

Anyway, I just wanted to send you a note to let you know that you are not forgotten. And you soon won’t be. I don’t know if you ever thought about a legacy you wanted to leave for your daughter but one has been thrust upon you.

RIP sir,
Vuyo

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Vuyo Ngcakani

writer, husband for 28 years, father of 3, grandfather of 2. I write about fatherhood, parenting, Christianity, & other topics. https://vuyongcakani.com