2020-06-05 19:24:26 UTC
In a recent speech concerning the events in the United States connected to the
death of George Floyd, Meghan Markle had said: "The only wrong thing to say is
Meghan Markle is the wife of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, the younger son of
His Royal Highness Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, for those who
may not have heard of her.
Harry and Meghan had recently left the U.K. due to continued hounding by the
tabloid press. The speech in question was intended to condemn racism and
encourage people to take action against it.
Meghan Markle is herself black, which apparently accounts for some of the
hounding from the tabloid press.
In any case, however stirring her speech may have been, taking that particular
statement *literally* leads one to the conclusion that it is erroneous.
I would think that, say, "George Floyd got what he deserved", for example, would
definitely be the wrong thing to say. As just one obvious example.
I suppose it is remotely possible that it could turn out that George Floyd's
death was an accidental tragedy brought on by the effects of fentanyl and
COVID-19, and the police officers involved had actually done nothing wrong.
However, I don't view that as particularly likely.
I'm angry at what was done to him. But I'm also angry at the rioting and
destruction that happened afterwards. That there have been some untoward
incidents in the police response to the riots, leading to attacks on people
trying to put out fires or on reporters, isn't improving my mood either.
It's important that we don't blame black people in general, or those who came
out in peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd, for the rioting. Aside
from the victims of the rioting, though, _of course_ this destruction will lead
to more hatred and fear directed at black people.
Some people are already daring to point out, though, that there is also a
positive side to destructive riots.
Well, yes, it's true that they can contribute to a sense that...
"it can't go on like this".
But that can only lead to constructive change if people know what to do to
change things so that it _doesn't_ "go on like this".
And while some of the time the deaths of innocent black men at the hands of the
police are due to bad cops - and something can be done about that - too often,
they are genuine tragedies. Caused by the police having to be excessively
cautious due to past violent events.
Asking the police to put their lives at extreme risk is just not going to fly.
And so we need to step back and consider other approaches to finding a solution,
instead of just engaging in knee-jerk reactions. But I see no sign of that
This has me worried.