Last week the video of an African-American man named George Floyd being choked to death (zaduszony na śmierć) by a police officer in Minneapolis, USA sparked protests (rozpoczął protest) which have grown now into a full-scale riot (zamieszki pełnego stopnia) against the rampant police brutality (szerząca się policyjna brutalność) and institutional racism (instytucjonalny rasizm) in the country. Protests turned violent as people looted shops and set fires (podkładali ogień) to the Minneapolis police station, as the rioting spread across the country. The Minneapolis mayor and several other cities where protest has been intense have declared the state of emergency and employed the national guard in repelling the people, including peaceful protestors with teargas (gaz łzawiający) and rubber bullets (gumowe kule).
Protestors cite their reasons to be the blatant racism (bezwstydny rasizm) inherent in all American institutions, and the systematic harassment (systematyczne molestowanie) of black people by the police. In fact, since 2015, over 1252 black people have been killed by members of the American police force for trivial reasons (z trywialnych powodów) if any.
These riots are considered the result of harsh disillusionment (twarde rozczarowanie) of the American people with their governments and their socio-economic system, which is increasingly preferential to the rich and the elite. This disillusionment was fuelled earlier this year, by the failure of the US government to adequately handle the Corona crisis resulting in one of the largest death tolls in the world. Additionally, President Trump’s lack of sensitivity for the plights of the common man, as well as his callous remarks and attitude in times of national suffering has only fanned the flames of unrest.
Learh M. V. Koonthamattam