On the Death of George Floyd and the Unanswered Questions About Black Lives: Letter to the President

Dear Donald Trump,

It is 3 AM (GMT) this early Saturday Morning, May 30, as I follow developments regarding the nationwide protests currently being staged as a result of the brutal murder of George Floyd at the hands of your police officers.

Mr. President, certainly the scenes oozing out of downtown Atlanta are quite worrisome as similar scenes evolve across major cities in the United States of America. Truly the land of the free and the home of the brave has not lived up to its bill of rights and liberty as enshrined in the sacred scrolls of the Declaration of Independence.

As I watch protesters attack the CNN Headquarters in Atlanta, I see the anger and frustration of citizens of your great country across the political and racial divide, all clamouring for the justice that is promised in your nation’s philosophical check book.

Alas! What is happening in America right now would be strange only to those who have no knowledge of the prophesies of the late Martin Luther King Junior who (57 years ago) boldly asserted the inconvenient truth as follows:

“When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men (My Lord), would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. (My Lord) Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.”

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