I’ve been closely following American politics for years now, even more so since 2016, when the media reaction to the surprising election of Donald Trump took Western nations by storm. One undeniable, self-evident reality I was constantly reminded of, was that America is divided. This fact is simply undeniable, the United States’ political polarization is palpable. But in roughly four years spent reading American political outlets, watching and engaging in online debates with US citizens, students, and occasionally journalists, of listening to public intellectuals and political commentators, I’ve never seen such an immediate and unanimous reaction by both left and right as with the one to George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis by an a US law-enforcement agent.
From Charlottesville to the Covington Catholic student controversy, passing through Russian interference and Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination, all the way to the Jussie Smollett case and even Joe Biden sexual assaults claims, there hasn’t been a single media event, case, dispute, or controversy, that drew the one-sided condemnation that we’ve seen directed towards Derek Chauvin, the police officer responsible for suffocating Floyd by kneeling on his neck (who was immediately fired and now officially charged with 3rd-degree murder).
One hundred percent of the reactions and opinions I’ve heard since day one have condemned his behavior as an unspeakable transgression of any reasonable definition of morality. Not even with the most recent unlawful shooting of Ahmad Arbery we saw such a degree of censensus. Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, the Daily Wire’s bloggers, even people I regard as possible, actual white-nationalists like Nick Fuentes have called his actions “unnecessary and abusive”. The POTUS and his Vice are constantly tweeting that justice must, and will be served. Every single American, no exceptions, is on Floyd’s side, to the point of almost unanimously considering the protests perfectly justified. This, as far as I can tell, was unprecedented. The divided country was at last united, if even by a mere opinion regarding a tragic event like the death of a black man by law enforcement. So what’s with all the rioting? Why the cry for radical change? Isn’t this the perfect opportunity for sensible reforms?
Aside from the initial peaceful and justifiable protests, whatever the motivations behind turning Minneapolis into a war zone are about, have absolutely nothing to do with ‘justice’, nor improving black people’s lives. They might be unconsciously fueled by anxiety for the post-COVID economic recession. They’re undoubtedly, in part, motivated by the lack of meaning and need for finding purpose in our lives, perhaps the same longing that drives the desire of groups like Antifa to unite for a cause. But in practice, if anything, they are the very enemy of any reasonable definition of justice and fairness. They’re a feel-good, nihilistic, selfish way to unleash one’s frustrations. The destruction of property, the looting, the fires, the random beatings; if we needed one final proof that the modern left and its radical actors often create and then embody the shadow of their own monsters, we now possibly have it in one of its worst forms. As usual, and unfortunately as much as unfairly, all in the name of real victim of abuse. But perhaps, that’s what ‘Social Justice’ is really about. The perfect lie to act out one’s distorted truth.
by: Mark Granza