2020 look back #3
Perhaps the darkest day amongst too many dark days in 2020 was May 25, the day we witnessed George Floyd murdered by asphyxiation in real time for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. This barbaric criminal act resulted in condemnation and demonstrations across America and around the world and it highlighted many other crimes against the black population by rogue police officers including Breana Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Eric Garner and so many more.
Inspired by the words of President Obama and in support of those marching for Equality, Justice and Freedom in New York and across America today, including here in Vancouver. “Juneteenth is a time to recommit ourselves to the work that remains undone. We remember that even in the darkest hours, there’s cause to hope for tomorrow’s light.” Barack Obama, 2016.
Sadly last week on December 22nd the name of 47 year old Andre Maurice Hill must be added to the list, unarmed and shot by a white police officer in Columbus Ohio.
No this is not Crimea but Washington DC where peaceful protesters were attacked by police and National Guard with tear gas and rubber bullets at 6:47 on June the 1st.
This section of 16th Street was renamed today “Black Lives Matter Plaza” by Washington mayor Muriel Browser on a day that would have been Breonna Taylor’s 27th Birthday.
Mayor Browser writes, “Breonna Taylor, on your birthday let us stand with determination. Determination to make America the land it ought to be”.
Dedicated to the memories of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
No Justice No Peace
In memory of George Floyd whose life was celebrated today in Minneapolis in a moving memorial service that ended with 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silent remembrance; 8 minutes and 46 seconds that represented the last minutes of his life; 8 minutes and 46 seconds during which he was unable to breath. Stand in silence as I did today for 8 minutes and 46 seconds if you haven’t done so already and remember George Floyd.
Today was a day of hope: from the peaceful demonstrations across America, here in Canada and around the world, like this watercolour scene of Hyde Park London today; from the four charges against those responsible for the death of George Floyd; from the presidential voice of President Obama; and from the words of General Mattis.
…only light can do that.”
I read these words by Martin Luther King today posted with an image of a darkened White House after its lights were turned off last night which led to this water-colour in the studio.
…and the world weeps with you.