What happened to the outrage over George Floyd? 


By now it's clear that the responses to George Floyd's death are sharply divided along political lines: those who want to use that injustice to destroy the United States of America and those who want to compel the nation to do better. Not only does the 69+ day of rioting demonstrate the hypocrisy of the political left's interest in race it's already all too obvious from this behavior there'll be few improvements in the daily lives of black Americans even if they accomplish their goals. The riots are mostly whites ( or those) motivated by political radicalism: for these individuals Mr. Floyd's death functions like a bumper sticker to attain political goals. Victims of this violence include black businesses needed most to bring economic progress for blacks. The question of whether those violent protesters are really concerned with racial or economic inequality can be summed up in the face of a black woman whose store was destroyed by the rioters: "What happened to black lives matter" she asks? If black lives truly mattered why was the murder of one black man the tipping point for this protest when the homicide of 100,000's of black men in past decades has not? If black lives matter why is the loss of the lives of black children ignored in cities controlled by the left where the protests are happening? 

If black lives matter (to confront bad cops) why's there not protest of black women who're 8% of the population but are 22% of the homicides. Of these numbers black women are 2.5 times more likely to be murdered than white women, and 92% of these killings are intra-racial. by black man against black woman? As the US and the world focuses on racism in the case of Mr. Floyd what's overlooked is there are as many as 100 million individuals in slave-like conditions in the world today Example: women, mostly from Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania and Rwanda, are trafficked into sex slavery in India to the African men who live there. Women (including underage girls) from India, Nepal, and Pakistan are trafficked for sex work in Kenya. African women are trafficked to Brazil for sex. In the Amazon children are used in brothels to service men in mining settlements (who are themselves slave labor). In Brazil as many as 100,000 men are forced into domestic slave labor or are exploited on sugar cane plantations for the production of ethanol. Thousands of Brazilian women and girls are trafficked to work as prostitutes in other South American Countries, the United States, and Europe. 

African women are invited to the Mid-East and Arab states by the lure of employment only to be used as forced domestic slaves. A great amount of cobalt, used in the manufacture of cell phone, computers, and other electronic equipment, is mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo by forced labor, including children as young as six. Apple, Dell, Microsoft, Google, and Tesla were all sued for use of slaves in their product supply chains for minerals used in the manufacture of lithium batteries (Case 1 19-cv-03737, 12-15-2019, US District Court). While we should be outraged wherever we find slavery the more we look for slavery today the more we find. 

I'm disappointed more hasn't already been done by the American government about violence and poverty but if these are signs of racism we ought to be outraged that so much is found in Democratic run cities, which, by their own claims, ought to be islands of progressive freedom and justice. This is still a clash over ideas and these are the same individuals who refuse to recognize their cities are burning today and cops and citizens are being murdered. This is evidence that liberals who consider themselves especially socially enlightened in theory aren't actively involved improving black lives in practice. It's no secret (or ought not to be) that much of these disasters can be traced back to bad policies. Why do we still trust in ideas that have "already" failed so miserably? Our goals are not that difficult to understand: if we are really concerned about blacks in America we ought to be socially and politically smart and do all we can to support black families and educate black children to prepare them to be successful members of society This may not sound as exciting to those politicians who would rather implement "bold" new government programs (spending another billion dollars) that inevitably burden American citizens with more taxation and governmental control. Freedom is the opposite. In the future, if, in ten years (forty or hundred), black families and education have not improved the "matter" of black lives will be all the worse for those who need it most. 

David A. Cook, PhD

Jasper, Alabama