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The African American Community Are Making Heroes Of the Wrong People

The African American Community Are Making Heroes Of the Wrong People

Before I even get into this, I want it to be known, what happened with George Floyd was inexcusable, but as we have seen, when something happens, a person dies or is killed, everything leading up to that point is dismissed, we are told it is horrible to even look into this. While I agree that happened was criminally wrong, I don’t buy into the claim that he was an innocent bystander who was killed just because he was black. He was a victim, not one of the heroes of the black community.

First, let’s go into why he was arrested.

We don’t have all the facts; the videos being shown have laps in them, and I think this needs to come out. George Floyd had been accused of passing a $20 counterfeit bill; this is why the police apprehended him. If you look at the video of him when they confronted him in his car, he refused to exit and answer questions, at that point the two officers had to pull him out of the vehicle physically. There is a video from the person in the car behind him that shows evidence of this.

Next, after questioning the police put him in the car, we are told he was yelling that he was claustrophobic, the cops let him out and placed him sitting against a building, this there is a video of this, but at this point, we have seen no footage of him yelling he was claustrophobic. The reason this is important is the police said when they picked him up, went to put him back in the car, he started to resist, so they put him on the ground to arrest him.

This time was when criminal action happened. I have no issue with the charges that were pressed. Because one has a badge; they are not immune from the law.

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Criminal Past

George was also linked to two convictions in the 1990s for possession and theft of a controlled substance (cocaine). However, it is not clear whether or not Floyd served his time in prison for this felony.

George was accused of a firearm robbery in August 1998 for which he served ten months at Harris County Jail. In April 2002, Floyd was condemned to 30 days of prison for trespassing on private property.

George Floyd was involved in two more cocaine offenses, in October 2002 and in 2004, for which he did eight-months and ten-months sentence in prison respectively.

Another cocaine possession conviction in Dec 2005, Floyd was arrested for having cocaine on him and served ten months in state jail.

In 2009, George Floyd was arrested for a 1st-degree felony charge, as per police criminal records/history/past, of assault and armed robbery he took part in 2007 and spent five years in prison for breaking into a pregnant lady’s house with the intent to rob her. George agreed that he wore a blue uniform to look like a government employee to gain the lady’s trust and eventually pave his way into the house.

The lady soon realized that the person was impersonating to be a government worker, she tried to shut the door, but Floyd brute-forced his way into the house. Consequently, a Ford truck pulled up to the house’s main entrance, five people exited the car and went straight inside the lady’s house.

The court report mentions that the victim identified George, tallest of all the robbers, who pressed a pistol to her stomach and forced his way into the house. George Floyd’s height was 6 foot 6 inches. When she refused to give in Floyd, then pistol-whipped the pregnant lady.

Not finding any cash, Floyd and other men took jewelry and the lady’s cellphone and fled the scene using the truck. A neighbor had witnessed the robbery attempt, wrote down the number on the license plate, and instantly reported the incident to 911.

The police followed the lead and successfully tracked down the car. Floyd was found behind the wheels. Later, his identity was cross-verified with the women who reported that a tall suspect had placed a gun to her abdomen and forcefully entered her house.

In 2014, after serving five years in the Harris County Jail for a 1st-degree felony, he decided that a change of location was called for, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The rest we already know, he was killed due to the criminal act of the officer who knelt on his neck until he passed out, stayed that way for minutes, and was taken to a hospital where he died. As I said earlier, while he was a victim of a crime, he was by no means a one should look up to as one of the heroes of the African American community.

While I have an issue with how this man was killed, I also have a problem with him being used as an example of a victim of police brutality against an innocent, that the stop and arrest were due to no other reason then he was black, most of this is not correct or accurate. He was a career criminal; his past is what dictated much of how the arrest went down. The fact that it took multiple police to drag him out of the car, then, according to the police, fought them when they tried to put him back in after protesting to be let out earlier due to claustrophobia. If Floyd had not challenged the police, he would not have had any of the proceeding actions follow. Further, if he did not have a checkered past, he would not have been known as a suspect right away.

I believe the Black Community has a right to be upset, Floyd, while not innocent, did not deserve to die, but much of this could have been avoided. But the problem here goes much deeper.

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Terrible role models

When I grew up my role models were people like my neighbor that was a good man, hard-working, was a man of faith, the other neighbor I admired retired from the Air Force, served as a Pilot in both the Korean and Vietnam war, was a man of honor, hard-working, was a great man who could have bragged, but I knew little of this until after he passed, what drew me to him was his kindness, patience.

I looked up to people like Edison and saw Martin Luther King Jr as a great example. Studied Gandhi and groups like Taking Back the Night, saw how their use of nonviolence moved empires. Later read up on people like Ben Gurion, Rommel, even studied Hitler and Stalin, not because they were my heroes, but I wanted to know how they came to power. I never saw these two as someone to emulate, yet this is not the way it is now, the need to learn of heroes and villains, when villains are seen as heroes, it’s hardly a surprise that that there is so many problems in this community.

In the black community, these kids are shown people in beautiful cars, flashing bling, pulling out wads of cash, teaching the kids how beautiful the crime of dealing and hustling is, these are the heroes of these neighborhoods. These kids don’t see how these people lose everything; they only see them when they are in front of them. They never run into them after losing everything and are sitting in prison, wasting years of their time.

They listen to music that glorifies hustling, shooting, treating women as whores, speak how being a pimp is a great thing; turning tricks is an honorable thing. These are the examples many see and hear about.

Outside of this, you have sports stars that want to preach, making millions a year, living in mansions in a gated community, they want to tell the youth and people from the areas they come from they are oppressed.

These people know better, they admire they were able to get out, but these people can no more relate to them than someone who lives on a farm. When you leave this, much of what you experienced may be remembered, but this is no longer real in your life, there is a whole different frame of mind between someone struggling to survive and someone who does not worry about this.

We see protests over people like Floyd, who was a career criminal, Brown who assaulted people, tried to attack and beat a cop half to death; when he came back to start beating him again, he was shot. They scream injustice when men shoot at the police and are shot. These people are presented as examples of victims; they aren’t.

Yet we never hear about black on black crimes, this is seen as part of the hood, no one cares unless it is personally affecting them.

Their leaders have failed the Black community, they have been taught to be victims, even when it is of their own doing. People to be admired are criminals and thugs; violence is seen as a means of being, not something to be left behind.

Community leaders like Al Sharpton are seen as leaders; he is nothing but a race-baiting charlatan, while earlier leaders were not perfect; they were not the epiphany of corruption like he is.

My heart breaks, I understand victimization, being of Jewish blood, but the only way to undo this is to roll up your sleeves and get out of it. If you have issues, look to yourself first, not at others to see whom you can blame. This doesn’t mean to forget, but stop using this as an excuse.

African Americans who should be made an example of heroes

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Great men and women need to be looked up to; the children need to be taught they are their heroes. Men and women like George Washington Carver, Martin Luther King Jr, Marie M. Daly (the first Black Women to receive a degree in Chemistry, despite all the forces against her), Mae C. Jemison (the first African American female astronaut), Katherine Johnson who was an involved in the early space program, it was her math skills that contributed significantly to our early space program. Percy Julian, the grandson of slaves, when blacks were not allowed to go on to high school, grew up in Alabama and was still able to get a Ph.D. while having to take high school courses at the same time, an amazing and brilliant man.

Some great men served in the military, Colin Powell, leaders in politics, like Obama and Rice. While I may not agree with Obama’s ideology, the fact that he broke the barriers and became the first African American president is something to be proud of.

This is who I will look up to, I have taught my child of them, these are heroes we can be amazed how they overcame the odds and succeeded despite the odds stacked against them.

People like Floyd and Brown, everyone has a right to be upset that they needlessly died, but they were not heroes and should not be raised as someone to be viewed as such. They should be used as an example, what happens when you act the way they did, how this type of lifestyle leads to this. Neither should have died, but sadly they did.

About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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