George Floyd’s sister is way past angry, just like the rest of us
She was talking about Congress failing to pass police reform after the world watched her brother being choked to death by former cop turned convicted killer Derek Chauvin.
And you know what? Bridgett Floyd is right to be angry. The failure to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is about much more than Republicans standing in the way of racial justice. It’s about Democrats refusing to push them aside.
When Republican Senator Tim Scott claims he couldn’t reach an agreement with Democrats Cory Booker and Karen Bass, he needs to be pushed aside. When Scott lies and says Democrats want to defund the police, he needs to be pushed aside. When right wing commentators tell us Black Lives Matter is a terrorist group, they need to be pushed aside.
Black people’s lives are at stake, and if you don’t believe it look at Louisiana, where the state police killed one man, beat another, and hid the evidence. Now another case of police brutality is making headlines there, after lawyers for the ACLU filed suit in the beating of a Black man named Jarius Brown.
In Minnesota and Philadelphia, Louisville and Chicago, New York and Ferguson Missouri, we’ve seen our people die at the hands of police. And now, thanks to a CNN investigation, we know that even when police are criminally convicted, they often continue to collect their publicly funded pensions. That’s wrong.
And if Joe Biden doesn’t step up to make police reform a priority, he’s wrong, too. Black folks saved his campaign. Black votes put him in office. And Biden must get police reform across the finish line.
If he doesn’t, he will fail the Black community, and that’s not something we can afford to let him do.
Photo: Ben Crump By. Chad Davis