“I’m sorry about George Floyd,” my dear, dear Caucasian friend texted me this morning. But instead of bringing me comfort, it made me angry.
Right before I read her text, the Holy Spirit asked me this question, “What do you want?”
I don’t want you to be “sorry” about George Floyd. I want you to acknowledge the system and social climate that has led to this moment.
I want you to acknowledge decades and decades of police aggression that have gone on unchecked for years.
I want you to repent for caring more about respecting a flag than respecting people of color.
I want you to publicly acknowledge you were wrong to criticize Colin Kapernick and other NFL players, calling them ungrateful SOBs, for speaking out against the violence that led to George’s life.
I want you to acknowledge the hypocrisy of calling for peaceful riots while supporting tear gassing peaceful protestors and telling governors to “dominate” those who riot and offering to use military forces to protect property.
I want a judicial system where the Amy Coopers and the McMichaels don’t feel empowered to harass people for the crime of being black in public.
I want change. I want to hear law enforcement talk about better training of officers, fostering relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve, removal of officers with a history of excessive force.
I want African American men to feel safe to jog, bird watch, drive, BBQ, get pulled over for a busted tail light in this country.
I don’t want to ever see another person, of any race, ethnicity, political persuasion, or religion ever murdered in the street again while others watch.
My dear Caucasian friends, I know you are just as appalled, just as traumatized by recent events as I am. If you were not, I doubt you would be my friend. But please take off the blinders and recognized this is not one act of aggression. What you saw with George Floyd has been a slow fade. Our silence has led us to this point. Our silence empowered that police officer. And until we can acknowledge the disparities in this country, and are willing to rectify the judicial inequities, George Floyd will happen again.