At times like these, when the soul of America is at the edge of a cliff, it takes wisdom and direction to lead, and also pacify the millions of Black people in America, and indeed the world over.
The murder of George Floyd by a white police officer, in Minneapolis, on 25 May, has seen an unexpected and unprecedented turn out of angry Americans, demanding justice for George and hundreds many others who have been murdered in cold blood by racist cops in America.
In the heat of the protest, Donald Trump, US president, in an address, said that he would bring in the U.S military to stop protesters from marching and protesting the murder of George Floyd.
He said: “I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights.”
He further urged the governors to deploy the National Guard in great numbers, so that they “dominate the streets.”
While he made the address, police were seen firing smoke devices outside of the white house to disperse protesters who had gathered there.
The US defense secretary has firmly said that he disagrees with President Trump’s wish to use troops on crowds of innocent and law-abiding U.S citizens.
We strongly believe that it would be the most insensitive thing, for a government to look beyond the pains of the people and unleash the military on them. And everyone knows the military does not play. Once they are let loose, they most definitely will bite. And with the emotions and anger of Black people boiling over, no one knows what the results might be.
We beleive that for every action there is a counter and sometimes equal reaction.
Unarmed blacks have been killed in America, one too many times, and this protest is a reaction to the senseless killings of Black people by law enforcement agents.
Have we seen the end of this? Of course not.
The reactions might still spill over, and it is a wise thing for the government to do its best not to turn this into an all-out war between the people and the military.
The protest against George’s murder is now considered the highest civil unrest in the United States since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr in 1968.