I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, can someone please take Trump’s Twitter account away!
The murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has sparked outrage from the African American community and literally set the city on fire. Personally, this has been very hard to cope with. It has gotten tiring to constantly see innocent African American men and women dying at the hands of those who are supposed to “serve and protect.” Of course, as a result of Floyd’s death peaceful protests were enacted yet they were met with violence from the police department. Many protesters were tear-gassed, hit with rubber bullets, and even arrested.
Amid protesting, the Target in Minneapolis was looted. People took whatever they could grab. Of course, Trump decided to focus on that instead of addressing the real issue–the life of an innocent African American man was lost at the hands of a blatant racist police officer.
Trump took to Twitter to state: “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank You!
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
This was the most vile thing he could’ve said. Lloyd Maxwell a senior at Brooks College Prep stated, “I feel like him addressing the rioters and looters as thugs was extremely inappropriate. I also think he’s full of crap. He literally threatened millions of Americans who are standing up for what they believe in. For years we’ve seen the lack of change peaceful protest evoke, and people are frankly, tired. Instead of calling them thugs he should look at what they’re doing and why. He also needs to analyze the corrupt system we sit in which makes people have to do stuff like this. He has some nerve, as if this country and his race didn’t get here by starting a revolution. So who are the real ‘thugs’ here?”
Maxwell isn’t the only one pissed about Trump’s statement. Mayor Lori Lightfoot had some choice words to say about him too. “Donald Trump’s comment last night was profoundly dangerous,” WGN reported. “And we must stand firm in solidarity and say this is totally unacceptable no matter who the speaker is. And we see the game he is playing. Because he’s transparent and he’s not very good at it. And I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It begins with an F and it ends with a U.”
“…And I will code what I really want to say to Donald Trump. It begins with an F and it ends with a U.”
Crain’s Chicago Business reported more of the Mayor’s comments. “I’m a Black woman and I’m a leader, and I feel an obligation to speak out when something as offensive as that is said by anyone, but particularly the president, and I make no apologies whatsoever for my word choice or the way in which I’m calling him out.”
It’s honestly sickening to witness the leader of this country promote violence and racism. But, in the words of Childish Gambino, “This is America.”
By Monique Petty-Ashmeade, Senior Brooks College Prep