George Floyd's death has had an incredible impact on our country over the last few months, and not in a good way.
Sure, there have been a few peaceful protests, but 99.9% of what we've been seeing amidst the calling for defunding the police has been violent rioting, looting, and murder.
The latest event to add to the mix involves an altercation between a black man and a white solder in Buffalo, New York. One of the unfortunate circumstances of this year is that the emphasis seems immediately on ‘black’ and ‘white.’
Apparently, the black man initiated the conflict by spitting on the soldier’s car, hurling insults at him, and seemingly lunging at him, but the soldier punched the black man, subdued him, and sat on his chest until police arrived.
The video begins after the two had apparently exchanged words.
It’s difficult to tell if the civilian was attempting to hit the soldier, but he clearly lunged towards him. Once the soldier had the black man pinned, he then began yelling for someone to call the police.
The emphasis on race then begins to arise as bystanders flock around the pair. As the Daily Mail reports,
“As more bystanders flocked to the scene, one is heard angrily asking the soldier whether he is a ‘white supremacist or something’.
“A second bystander, dressed in a red t-shirt, interjects: ‘This isn’t about race. Don’t make it about race.’ He continues by telling bystanders they don’t know the full story, and the man being pinned down had been causing problems earlier in the area, and police were called.”
Several of the bystanders can be heard voicing their concern about the soldier sitting on the black man’s chest, obviously concerned about a repeat of George Floyd. Hamideh, who shot the video, came up to the man on the ground and asked him if he was okay and whether or not he could breathe. The man responded cryptically, “Oh yeah man, I’m good. I’ve been waiting for this.”
Once the police arrived, the solider immediately got up and walked away from the black man, who was still lying on the ground.