George Floyd riots

No, America, you’re not ‘better than this!’


George Floyd riots ripping America apart from Brooklyn to Beverly Hills

As Americans kill, burn and rampage with hatred and revenge over the latest cold-blooded murder of a black man by a white cop, politicians get up on their self-righteous soapboxes and spout the same old platitudes, “We’re better than this,” and “This is not who we are.”


Well, I’ve got news for you, America. This is exactly who and what you are, from the Civil War to the lynchings that followed — more than 3,400 African Americans lynched between 1882 and 1968 — to the Watts riots in Los Angeles in 1965, and Martin Luther King’s assassination in Memphis in 1968, and the brutal beating of Rodney King in Los Angeles in 1992 —


— and the “I can’t breathe” death of Eric Garner in New York City in 2014, and now the “I can’t breathe” death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Oh, by the way, the heinous crime that cost George Floyd his life! — trying to buy a pack of cigarettes with a phony $20 bill. Derek Chauvin, the cop who killed him, has been charged with murder and is in jail — on suicide watch.

The cop who started the nationwide chaos, Derek Chauvin, with his knee on George Floyd’s neck, crushing the life out of him.

So, no, America, you are not “better than this.” Just get over yourselves being the greatest country in the world and all that crap and admit that this is who you are — and then, for Christ’s sake, figure out a way to change who the hell you are.

Michael Jordan on George Floyd’s death: “We’ve had enough.”

“We’ve had enough.”

NBA legend Michael Jordan believes the best way for the country to move forward in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death is to put “pressure” on elected leaders to “change our laws,” or use their right to vote to create “systemic change.


This is madness — New York City police SUVs plow into crowd of protesters in Brooklyn:

George Floyd protests held as far away as New Zealand


Thousands of New Zealand protesters gathered in major cities to protest in solidarity against the killing of George Floyd in the United States (AFP Photo/Michael Bradley)

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8 thoughts on “No, America, you’re not ‘better than this!’

  1. I agree. To say “we’re better than this” is to say this is way outside of what to expect. But it’s not outside of what to expect.

  2. Exactly. The self-righteous arrogance of these politicians is the reason why the racist atmosphere doesn’t change — it will only change if the People rise up — as they are doing.

  3. Those famous last words (fight-wise) by Duran reminded me of his decisive victory over Leonard in Montreal (1980) — which of course made his stunning “no más” in the rematch all the more inexplicable.