Michael Brown on Why the Riots Now?

A woman prays during an event hosted by OneRace Movement at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park to commemorate Juneteenth, the date of the emancipation of enslaved African Americans in the U.S., on Friday, June 19, 2020. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

There is no denying the national grief and outrage following the killing of George Floyd, captured in agonizing detail on video tape. The image of a white police officer with a knee on the neck of a dying man left an indelible on America. But why did that killing lead to national protests and riots?

On June 26, BBC News ran an article titled, “George Floyd: Timeline of black deaths caused by police.”

The timeline begins with the death of Eric Garner, July 17, 2014.

It continues with the deaths of Michael Brown, August 9, 2014; Tamir Rice, Nov. 22, 2014; Walter Scott, April 4, 2015; Alton Sterling, July 5, 2016; and Philando Castile, July 6, 2016.

Following the death of my namesake in Ferguson in 2014, there were protests and riots in that city as well as in other locations. But there was nothing that compared with what has taken place since the death of George Floyd, even though the Black Lives Matter movement came to prominence as a result of Ferguson.

Of course, there was no video footage of Brown’s death. And official reports, even by the Department of Justice, dispute the famous words, “Hands up, don’t shoot!”

Still, since the narrative was widely believed at the time (and, in the larger culture, remains widely believed until this day), why didn’t those protests continue?

Where were the national protests following the deaths of Rice or Scott or Sterling or Castile?

Let’s keep looking at the BBC timeline. Things will become clear in a moment.

The next death listed is that of Stephon Clark, March 18, 2018; then Breonna Taylor, March 13, 2020; then George Floyd, May 25, 2020.

Now, it could be argued that there has been a cumulative effect with these killings, with the dam finally bursting following the killing of Floyd. After all, the video evidence was beyond sickening.

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SOURCE: Charisma News