Don’t let George Floyd be the latest victim of America’s War on Drugs

I knew it would come down to this. To the dehumanization of a man who, like all of us, was complicated, and flawed, and real. That’s why, when Derek Chauvin’s lawyers made it clear that they would blame George Floyd’s death on drugs, I wasn’t angry. I wasn’t sad. I was numb.

Because I’ve seen this story before. They said Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown had weed in their systems. They said Sandra Bland was off her meds. So, the defense painting George Floyd as an addict killed by drugs is normal. That’s what they do to Black victims of police violence. They demonize them. And drugs are often the tool they use to do it.

That’s what the war on drugs is about. It’s a war on Black people, and the drugs are just an excuse. Thank God George Floyd’s girlfriend took the stand and painted him as a human being—a man with a problem he was trying to solve. In fact, Courtney Ross said, both she and Floyd struggled with opioid addiction—an addiction that started with pain killers. And when Chauvin’s lawyer tried to press her on Floyd’s struggle with drugs, Ross told a simple truth.

“Addiction, in my opinion, is a lifelong struggle,” she said. “It’s not something that just kind of comes and goes.”

And she’s right. Even after nearly twenty-five years clean, I know that for myself.

But here’s something else I know—facts are stubborn things. The fact is Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nine and a half minutes. The fact is Chauvin’s supervisor said they should have stopped restraining him long before he died. The fact is paramedics knew Floyd was dead when they arrived on the scene. Those are the facts, and if facts matter at all, Chauvin will get exactly what he deserves.
Photo: A protester writes ‘MPD doesn’t Protect Us’ By. Lorie Shaull

Leave a Comment

Recent Posts

Recent Comments

Subscribe for More

My wife’s shirt from Northeast High 1985. If you look carefully you can see both our names— LaVeta Hewlett and Solomon Jones. Who knew that all these years later we would be married with children? God is full of surprises.
The #COVID monster has nothing on me. I got my shot!
At 8 am we talk to @PPDCommish #DanielleOutlaw about the gun violence happening in #Philly on 900 AM/ 96.1 FM  WURD @onwurd
I got my first shot of the Moderna vaccine in January from a Black nurse at a Black church in North Philly. Dr. ⁦‪@alastanford‬⁩ filmed it. Got my second shot in February. I’m glad I did. Do your research and do what’s best for you. But if I did it anyone can.
Join Great Commission Church for our online Good Friday Service today at 6 pm on Facebook. I will be delivering the 7th last word from Luke 23:46
Join @ManUpPHL as we continue our push against gun violence. Go to ManUpPHL.org to join, to donate, or get help.
Today at 8:40 am on WURD Radio, #Kwasasings. Make sure you tune in to 900 AM/ 96.1 FM @onwurd
Today at 8:40 on 900 AM/ 96.1 FM WURD Radio Kwasa sings! Tune in and be blessed. The sista can sang!
Meet me now at Eatible Delights at 1540 E. Wadsworth Ave. We’re here until 2 pm! Get a book and get a grub!
I will be doing a book signing at Eatible Delights Catering at 1540 Wadsworth Avenue today at Noon. Join me there!
Producer @ladeesingsthebluez sings live at 8:40 am every Friday @onwurd . Tune in!
Shoutout to the @philadelphiaeagles for supporting the work of #ManUpPhl! We’ve spent our lives cheering for the Eagles! Now the Eagles are cheering for us!
0 0 votes
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments