Almost 40 cities have imposed curfew and 15 states have activated the National Guard in the United States. The people are defying curfew and claim police brutality. There was protest in London and Berlin by the US embassy about the unjustified killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US.
I don’t get the impression the ruling elites realize this incident is massively eroding US soft power or moral authority. They can no longer criticize China over Hong Kong when they are treating protesters equally or more brutal.
When you live in the US, one realize they view the world in terms of white and others. The rift in several Caribbean countries between Indian and Black are irrational in their worldview.
The US is facing an economic, social and political crisis and needs unity to have all hands on deck. This socioeconomic turmoil is playing out just before a presidential election so it will be part of the matrix of electioneering. I watch with astonishment that no Caribbean Leader has advised the US that it acting like an authoritarian. I don’t know if they are scared or they would handle the situation with equal brutality.
What is sure to occur is US$ billions in damage to property, many jailed and brutalized and possible lives lost. This could have been avoided if the situation was handled properly before it spread global. The meme and motto of the protest is “no justice, no peace”. This will be the mantra of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Caribbean leaders should take note.
Brian Ellis Plummer
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