“For five minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man who was helpless,” the mayor said. “For five whole minutes. This was not a matter of a split-second poor decision.” Jacob Frey.
I was hesitant to write about Ahmaud Arbery. There’s enough sadness in the world today. Ahmaud was shy of his 26th birthday when he stepped out into the sun and ran 5,000 steps for the final time upon this earth.
Then a friend in Pomona, California reminded me, after the George Floyd murder in Minneapolis, WE must speak out against injustice like this. “There was no need to crush a man’s throat with your knee when he’s already on the ground handcuffed.”
I’m a disciple of Jesus. I’m called to speak up for the oppressed, marginalized and vulnerable in our society.
Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday, authorities said, amid protests and outrage after a viral video showed one of them kneeling on the neck of George Floyd who was handcuffed. Floyd cried out that he could not breathe and later died. I have friends in Minneapolis who live right in the neighbourhood where it happened.
I was struck by Pastor Moss’ “The Cross and the Lynching Tree: a Requiem for Ahmaud Arbery” in which he explores historical patterns in US history from a black perspective. Some pertinent questions arise;
Is the cross an ancient symbol of lynching?
How do we develop a moral economy?
Are we hypnotized by an Americanized form of Capitalism that masquerades as Christianity?