A little context: I once handed over a counterfeit
£10 note at a LHR bookshop. I was politely
informed by the shop assistant that he couldn't
accept the note, which was then returned to me
with the advice to look closely at change I might
receive from cab drivers. I paid with a genuine
note and took my flight to another country.
George Floyd paid at a store with a counterfeit
$20 note and was held, arrested and chocked to
death without due process in front of rolling
cameras and members of the public by an armed
policeman. His three colleagues at the scene
looked on. Medics called to the scene did not try
to resuscitate him or declare his time of death.
The initial autopsy report was tendentious and an
attempt to partially allocate the blame for his
death on him ("potential toxins"). The officers at
the scene were only investigated and haltingly
subjected to the process of being held to account
as the footage of this extrajudicial killing went viral
and literally millions of people took to the streets
to demand justice.
I am white. George Floyd was black.
I live a vast privilege that is unjustly denied to
millions of people every day. If you can't see that,
you are part of the problem. If you can't see the
problem it can't be fixed. If you deny that
Systemic racism is real and causes real suffering
then you are not advocating a free society but
apartheid in all but name.