It Seems George Floyd May Not Have Died in Vain

by on June 1, 2020 · 9 comments

in Civil Rights, From the Soul

George Floyd – Photo

by Ernie McCray

It’s scary looking out on our streets right now as pent up rage is released, causing fires and looting and rubber bullets being shot and tear gas deployed.
But in the scene I see more and more white folks than I’ve ever seen fighting for what is right, joining the struggle for liberty and justice for all, and it’s a pretty sight to see: a sight I’ve dreamed of and lived for all my life.

Finally. After centuries of supremacists perpetrating horrible unforgiveable crimes against black humanity, with very little outrage expressed by their communities, they’ve now seen something that’s cut through their compliance with how the country has treated black people, and this has bothered them deeply.

They’ve seen brother George, after he was said to have tried to buy some cigarettes with a twenty dollar bill that was said to be counterfeit, becoming a suspect held in check by a policeman hired to protect who took a minor crime to mean, in effect, he had the God given right to kneel on the man’s neck, leaving him to cry “I can’t breathe” as he dies of suffocation in a matter of a few minutes for the whole damn country and the world to see and it took days before the murderer was put under lock and key.

They’ve looked at what went down and for some reason, perhaps the nonchalant look on the hateful killer’s face, or the anguished sounds of the victim’s pleas, come around to fully understanding, now, why Colin K, an NFL QB, took a knee, while self-acclaimed “patriots,” most of them fans who looked like them, booed angrily.

I greet these new participants in my people’s cause with glee, as they represent hope for a just society to me.

I expect them to still be around when the smoke from the fires dies down and the tear gases dissipate, ready to join a refreshing new social and political revolution, ready to:

help seek solutions
to conquering a virulent form of racism
that has stifled
our country
from becoming the
“Land of the Free”
it was supposedly
meant to be;
ready now, as “anti-racists,”
to listen more closely to a people’s cry
regarding their situation,
ready now
to seek answers
to problems
that will benefit all the citizens
of our troubled nation.

They came at the right time, responding to a homicide that people have apparently, on a large scale, decided as one too many. The proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

When the dust settles, no matter what, it seems like we’re in a new game. Seeing more people in the struggle now indicates to me that something about us, as a nation, has drastically changed.

It seems George Floyd may not have died in vain.

What a welcomed change that is.


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

DrTom June 1, 2020 at 11:00 am

I have not heard relevant comments from Mayor Faulconer nor from Councilmember Jennifer Campbell. If they have not commented about these matters, it is a great shortcoming by them.

On Sunday afternoon, 05/20/2020, at about 3 pm, I watched Channel 10 and Channel 8 broadcast the demonstration downtown on Broadway.

Kimberly Hunt and 10 were behind the police, talking with a former Swat Commander, who said it should be declared an unlawful assembly, then then finally said it had been declared such. Why didn’t 10 interview the police, and ask the obvious question. Why? All of 10’s comments were negative. I kept wanting to see and hear the demonstrators for myself.

Finally I switched to Channel 8, and lo, video from the other side, video of the demonstrators, who seemed quite calm. I could also hear some of what they said, which seemed rational and very appropriate.

Big praise to 8 for just showing me what was happening on this important day in San Diego. Very unprofessional journalism by 10.


David Swanson June 2, 2020 at 5:13 pm

DrTom: That may have been my brother Erik behind the camera for Channel 8 — he was downtown with the march on Sunday and Monday. I’ll pass it on. Once upon a time, he and I were both students under the care of Principal Ernie McCray.


Barbara Lewis June 1, 2020 at 2:07 pm

Thank you Ernie….I too am encouraged and now this has gone global – what a spotlight on America!


Jill Badonsky June 1, 2020 at 2:28 pm

I appreciate you sharing these thoughts and perspectives, Ernie.


Suzi June 1, 2020 at 4:05 pm

What a deeply thoughtful article Ernie! My heart is right there with you!


Frances O'Neill Zimmerman June 1, 2020 at 4:42 pm

Thank you for mentioning Colin Kaepernick, an excellent quarterback, a prophet and a hero who was blackballed by the NFL and lost his career after taking a knee in public during the “Star Spangled Banner” to oppose systemic police brutality directed at African-Americans.


Thomas Gayton June 1, 2020 at 9:10 pm



Amy Wallen. June 1, 2020 at 10:40 pm

Thank you Ernie! I wish it hadn’t taken this long. But I’m hopeful it won’t all be for naught.


Glen Barfield June 2, 2020 at 5:24 pm

Aloha Ernie,
I’ve had tears in my eyes watching all that has transpired this last week. I’ve also have anger in my heart, once again, with no place to put it in our small town. Thank you for lifting my spirit in the hope of real substantive change. Aloha, Glen


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