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. That remains, to this day, an undisputed fact. Perhaps the only one; the United States political polarization is palpable.
But in roughly four years spent reading almost exclusively American outlets, watching and engaging in online debates with regular US citizens, students and occasionally journalists, of listening to public intellectuals and political commentators, as well as analyzing ‘like to dislike’ ratios on social media profiles from all sides of its politic aisle, I’ve never seen such an immediate and unanimous reaction by both left and right as with the George Floyd murder case in Minneapolis.
From Charlottesville to the Covington Catholic students, 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).
100% of the reactions and opinions I’ve heard since day one have condemned his behavior as an unspeakable transgression of morality. Not even with the most recent unlawful shooting of Ahmad Arbery you could perceive such degree of censensus; Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, the Daily Wire, even people I regard as possible, actual white nationalists like Nick Fuentes have called his actions “unnecessary and abusive”. The President and his Vice are constantly tweeting that justice must, and will be served. Every single American, no exceptions, was on Floyd’s side. This was, as far as I can tell, 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 rampant rage? In light of this facts, we can safely say that, 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 are most of the others which are exploding all over the country). They might be unconsciously fueled by anxiety for the post-COVID-19 economic recession, they could partly motivated by the lack of meaning in our lives, the same lack of meaning that equally-unconsciously 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. 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. All, unfortunately as much as unfairly, in the name of George Floyd. Perhaps, that’s what ‘Social Justice’ is really about.
by: Mark Granza