Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 25, 2020: "I can't breathe", "Please", "The knee in my neck", "I am about to die" - the black skinned man went on uttering these incoherent phrases repeatedly, until he lay motionless and had no pulse. His name happened to be George Floyd and on that day, he had been arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit bill at a shop. The police handcuffed Floyd and tried to force him inside their car, while Floyd tried his best to convince them that he was not defying arrest. He was just having difficulty in breathing owing to his claustrophobia. A white skinned officer named Derek Chauvin suddenly dragged him out of the car and the onlookers witnessed Floyd falling flat on the pavement with his chest and cheek on the ground. While the other cops actively restrained the general public from intervening, Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for about eight minutes. A lot of people did request him to remove his knee and 'let the man breathe' but in vain. Floyd had already taken his very last breath at some point in time during the process.
Is this the penalty for using counterfeit bills as per the law of their land? What could have possibly happened if the colour of Floyd's skin would be as white as that of Chauvin's? Even after decades of mass struggle, why could the US or the world in general not rise above the evil named racism? What is the way forward?
To discuss and deliberate upon these issues, Human Rights Law Network, Kolkata Unit.(HRLN), in association with Rotaract Club of Central brings to you an interactive webinar on 'THE AMERICAN FLOYD IS BEYOND PINK.'
Date: 1/07/2020 Time: 3 pm onwards. Venue: Google Meet
Meeting URL: https://meet.google.com/bsq-cput-umc
You are requested to join the meeting at least 15 minutes prior to the commencement of the event. Hope to see you all.
For further details / queries, do feel free to get in touch with:
Suryasikha Ray (+91 8272962670 firstname.lastname@example.org)
or any other member of HRLN, Kolkata or Rotaract Club of Central Calcutta.