The Interpretations of George Floyd’s Murder
Every human being interprets life! And, every human uses a value system to make those interpretations. If you choose God’s values to interpret life, i.e.the Judaeo-Christian ethic—you find truth. If you use man’s value system to interpret life, you find lies, destruction, and death! It’s that simple!
God cannot lie(Num23:19), so He expects and demands we tell the truth. When interpreting George Floyd’s murder, it is critical to use truth…not feelings. Feelings are rarely truth, and can be influenced by personal experience, media, friends, majority voices, and many other factors. However, because truth originates in God(Jn14:6; Jn17:17; Ps119:142)…nothing can influence it!
Following are several interpretations of George Floyd’s murder:
1.Derek Chauvin put his knee on George Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and he died. I have read differing reports of what killed him. Either he died of asphyxia or a heart attack, with heart disease and drug use as contributing factors. However, all who saw his death agree—black, white, brown, red, and yellow--that Officer Chauvin is responsible for George Floyd’s death, which means Derek Chauvin will be charged with murder.
However, moving past this initial fact, I have heard/seen the following interpretations of George Floyd’s murder:
2.Police target black people
3.Police are racist
4.America is a racist nation
5.White people are racist
6.America has systemic racism
7.Blacks get no justice in America
8.Black lives don’t matter
There are presently no conflicting facts with point 1 above, but there are many conflicting facts with every interpretation thereafter. Let’s get to it!
1.The Washington Post, a liberal newspaper cites the facts of police fatal shootings: 2015: white–497; black-258; Hispanic-172. 2016: white-468; black-234; Hispanic-160. 2017: white-459; black-224; Hispanic-179. 2018: white-454; black-229; Hispanic-165. 2019: white-405; black-249; Hispanic-163. 2020: white-185; black-97; Hispanic-61. Totals for 5 years: whites-2468; blacks-1291; Hispanic-900. Fact1- police kill more whites than blacks by almost double. Fact2-Police often kill more whites than blacks and Hispanics combined.
How do YOU interpret these facts?
2.Roland Fryer, a black Harvard trained researcher did a 2016 study of police shootings:
“It is the most surprising result of my career!”
“Mr. Fryer found that in such situations, officers in Houston were
about 20 percent less likely to shoot if the suspects were black.”
"Mr Fryer found that blacks were either less likely to be shot of
there was no difference between blacks and whites"
“In shootings in these 10 cities involving officers, officers were
more likely to fire their weapons without having first been
attacked when the suspects were white. Black and white
civilians involved in police shootings were equally likely to have
been carrying a weapon. Both results undercut the idea of racial
bias in police use of lethal force.” Here Here
How do YOU interpret these facts?
3.The most recent study on Police shootings in August of 2019 is from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States (PNAS). Their study concluded: “We find no evidence of anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparities across shootings, and White officers are not more likely to shoot minority civilians than non-White officers.” And, “We report three main findings: 1) As the proportion of Black or Hispanic officers in a FOIS increases, a person shot is more likely to be Black or Hispanic than White, a disparity explained by county demographics; 2) race-specific county-level violent crime strongly predicts the race of the civilian shot; and 3) although we find no overall evidence of anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparities in fatal shootings, when focusing on different subtypes of shootings (e.g., unarmed shootings or “suicide by cop”), data are too uncertain to draw firm conclusions.”
How do YOU interpret these facts?
4.In 2012 here are the leading causes of death for Blacks:
Police shootings -123 (CDC, 2012)
Homocides-8,206 (22 per day) (6,000 through guns)
Abortion 363,705 (996/day)
Do Black Lives matter, other than when taken by white police? I’m sure these figures were different in 2019, but it’s certainly not going to be by much. How do YOU interpret these facts?
5.In 2016, African-American Keith Lamont Scott was killed by police in Charlotte, North Carolina, and subsequently riots ransacked the city. Keith Lamont Scott became a household name across America, and remains so, to this day. I repeat, the media broadcast his tragic death as another instance of police brutality and racism—against blacks! However, there are two further interesting facts. First, it was a black officer who shot him!! And two, five white men were killed by police that very same day(9/20/16), yet not one of them made national news!!! How do YOU interpret these facts?
6.If it is true that police target blacks; or that police are racist toward black people, how do you account for the LA police force being 64.6 percent minority, i.e.non-white…since 2013? In other words, all across America, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians, and minorities are part of policing. Minority involvement in policing has been increasing for decades. In the statement “police target blacks”, does this consider the blacks shot by black police? If so, why is the statement “police target blacks” used to prove police are racist?
As “police target blacks”, does it mean the black policemen(or other minorities) who shoot black people are racist against blacks? If not, why not, considering police shooting blacks is racist? Or, does it mean “only white police target blacks”? If white police target blacks, why do police shoot more whites? If police “target” blacks, why do they shoot Hispanics? The word “target” means focus, intent, purpose. Is it possible for a white policeman to literally target blacks, but shoot whites or Hispanics instead?
In the statistics in point 1, if you add the numbers of white and Hispanics police shootings together, it is often double, and almost triple the number of blacks who are shot. If white policeman “target”, “focus”, “intend” to shoot blacks, and then shoot that number of whites and Hispanics instead, then we absolutely need police reform!!!! How do YOU interpret these facts?
7.Let’s examine the assertions: “America is a racist nation” or “American has systemic racism”. In 1970, there were 1500 blacks in politics, today there are over 10,000!!! America is the only nation, not only in the world, but in the history of the world, to ever elect a man president from a group it formerly enslaved…Barack Obama. And…he was elected twice. If all the blacks and Hispanics of America combined voted for Obama, he would not have been elected president. Therefore, because whites are by far the majority group in America, it was fundamentally white people who elected Obama…both times!
In addition, America is the only nation in the history of the world to elect a member of group it formerly enslaved within 150 years of abolishing slavery!
If America was a racist nation, how foolish would ‘brown’ Mexicans be to literally bum-rush the border to get into America?!?! Why would “people of color” from Cuba literally risk their lives, and many have literally died, to cross shark-infested waters to get into racist America? How about the hundreds of thousands of black Africans; not including the Trinidadians, Bahamians, Haitians, etc.—all black; all ‘people of color’, whom are presently either citizens of “racist” America; or trying get into ‘racist’ America! How do YOU interpret these facts?
8.Researcher Dr Inan Dogan, along with the Washington Post, compiled a list of the ‘25 Most Racist Nations In The World’. Guess what nation did not make the list? Ahhhh…America! They also did another list of the 13 Least racist nations of the world. Guess who was number 1? Ahhhh…America!!! Here Here
How do YOU interpret these facts?
9.American blacks are the most prosperous blacks…in the world!!! Ahhhhhh….let me rephrase that…in the history of the world!! Blacks in America crossed the Gross Domestic product (GDP) mark of 1 trillion dollars in 2013. That figure makes American blacks, whom are not a nation, float between the 16th to the 18th most productive ‘nation’ on the planet!! What’s even more incredible, is that this figure represents a GDP that exceeds the GDP of the top four Black African Nations---combined! Nigeria 408; South Africa-370; Angola-119; Kenya-88!!!!
Black Economist Walter Williams says the rise of economic gain among American Blacks--from slavery to this present day--is the greatest among any ethnic group in the history of the world!
Is it possible for American blacks to produce these kinds of results in a “racist” nation?!?! While being oppression?!?! While being slaughtered by the police?!?! If blacks can produce over a trillion in GDP, making them the 16-18th largest nation in the world--under such oppressive circumstances, than Hitler’s Aryans are not the SUPERRACE…American Blacks are!!!! How do YOU interpret these facts? Here
10.Are you aware what a “racist nation” looks like? Nazi Germany is one example. Under Hitler’s regime did Jews create businesses? Did they prosper in media or academia? Did Jews prosper in entertainment? Did they become political leaders in Nazi Germany? Did they prosper in sports? In the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, America originally had 2 Jews on its 4x100 relay team, and at Hitler’s demand, America removed those 2 Jews! By the way, that relay team won Jesse Owens’ his 4th gold medal!
Or, how about bringing this illustration a bit closer to home--the 1855 American south is another example of a racist nation. Did Blacks prosper under the laws of the 1855 American south? In 1860, the south actually named their nation “Slave Holding Confederate States of America.” The Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander Stevens said, “the Confederate states of America is founded upon… its cornerstone rests upon the great truth that the Negro is not equal to the White man. Slavery, the subordination to the superior White race, is a natural and moral condition of the Negro.”
Here are the million dollar questions about “racist America”: 1.Do you see the laws of Germany, or of 1855 America, part of the contemporary American penal code? Can you honestly say, Blacks are not prospering in America? Not in the media? Nor academia? Politics? Entertainment? Sports? etc? How do YOU interpret these facts?
11.Last but not least. The number ‘1’ reason, i.e.the most important reason, America is not a racist nation is God’s call on the nation. God raised up America to be a light to the world. To call America a racist nation is to attack God’s very calling. When Israel was going through the 400 years recorded in the book of Judges, as they sinned, God sent them into captivity as judgment; and when they repented, God delivered them from their captivity. As far as I am aware, God did not ‘call them by their sin!! In other words, God never identified Israel with its sin! On the contrary, He called them to turn away from their sin! When the statement is declared: “America is a racist nation”, it means America is identified with the sin of racism! This is why when liberals make this statement, they support it using the history of slavery. What they mean is, “America is presently racist, because it has always been racist, and therefore will always be racist”—and then cite America’s racial history as their evidence! I repeat—God never did this with Israel! On the contrary, God does not believe America is a racist nation! He created it to be part of His providential plan to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world!!! How do you interpret this fact?
While it is a present fact that Officer Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd…none of the remaining previous interpretations are true!!