VICTIMS: George Flloyd Was The Last Straw — Not The Only One Who Mattered

Many have decided to counter the BLM movement with protests of their own because they believe that George Flloyd was a felon whose life wasn’t as important as police officers who have been killed in the line or duty, or even other African Americans — “All lives matter,” they say, in the ultimate example of missing the point entirely. These protests that have expanded across the globe are not about one example of police brutality. 

They are about all examples of police brutality, regardless of race.

Many dissenters have said that the police would leave African Americans alone if they would stop doing things wrong or start obeying police orders. Tell that to Breonna Taylor, who was shot dead while sleeping in her own home. Not only was she murdered by the police who invaded her home, but they also openly admitted that they had no reason to be there (much later).

The United States has far more victims of police brutality than any other developed country in the world. One might ask, “Why is this the case?”

One reason is the obvious lack of training. A few weeks at a police academy and a cursory background check, and you’re essentially given a license to kill. 

Another reason harkens back to George W. Bush. When the United States military bought a whole bunch of equipment it didn’t need for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it was shipped back to the United States and given to police departments across the country — whose budgets were already skyrocketing. We gave a policing organization military equipment by the truckload. What did we expect them to do? …Act timid in full body armor?

But those are just secondary reasons. The underlying cause of many killings is racism, pure and simple. We kill African Americans a far disproportionate rate to Caucasians. That’s why defunding the police will soon be on dockets across the country, and why at least one has already been disbanded.

Elizabeth Short aka The Black Dahlia

It was the morning of January 15, 1947, when a mother was taking her child on a walk when she stumbled upon an ungodly sight: a young naked woman who was sliced in half at the waist. The body was so still that the mother originally thought it was a mannequin. Despite being cut in half and mutilated there was no blood at the scene which indicated that the young woman must have been murdered somewhere else.

The identifying of her body was quicker than one would think for 1947. The LA Police Department sent over her fingerprints to the FBI via a caveman version of a fax machine (which itself today is a relic). The fingerprints were luckily in the FBI database. The young woman was none other than Hollywood hopefull Elizabeth Short. She had been arrested for underage drinking a few months earlier and had applied for a job at the Army’s Camp Cooke a few years earlier which is why she was able to be identified quickly. The press labeled her Black Dahlia based on a movie that was out at the time called Blue Dahlia and rumor that Elizabeth liked to wear sheer black clothes.

To this day the killer has not been found. At the time over 60 people confessed to the murder but only 25 of them were considered viable suspects by the LAPD. Because of this legend, more suspects keep getting added to the list and now over 500 people have confessed to her murder (some of which weren’t even born at the time of her death!). Because of the clean nature of the cuts on Short’s body, the police believed the killer to be a medical professional.

Since this crime was committed 72 years ago, the odds of us ever figuring out who the real killer is are slim to none. It will forever be a mystery, a mystery that will go unsolved.