Thanks for your eloquent reply, I just wish I could express myself as well as you. Much of what you say I agree with, a little I don't, and some I just don't understand.
Firstly, my call on the situation. It's pretty obvious the American police officer in question acted unprofessionally, and is little more than a thug. However, was the crime he committed of a racial nature, or just violent. Despite what the WOKES would like to think, I am pretty damn sure he would have acted the same way if George Floyd was white, yellow, or brown. The following days resulted in people having their properties vandalised, cars destroyed, a police officer murdered, and a black man shot by his fellow black men. Strangely enough the following incidents got less attention than either Floyd's death or Donald Trump's comments, albeit they affected far more peoples lives. Of course, Floyd's family were quick to tell us what a marvelous chap he was, when in reality nothing could have been further from the truth. He had already been imprisoned for five years for violent crime, armed robbery, and drug related offences. Having been arrested on the day in question, the police sent three patrol cars in the knowledge he could be a proper handful. Floyd was no angel, and to be honest society is better off without him.
Of course, the entire incident has triggered mass hysteria, partially created by the local black community who could see an opportunity to riot and get themselves a brand new 50" TV, partially by the middle class liberals who have never actually got to meet a black person, and partially by the left wing woke media who just love to stir things up. We have multi millionaire black football players telling us how neglected black people are, and news presenters crying crocodile tears for a person they have never met. A black British poet (sorry don't know his name) pointed out that last year 163 people died in police custody, and 26 were black. He considered this a racial matter, albeit the vast majority were white. Sorry, how does that work?
It's my belief that in the western world everyone gets the same opportunities, even though being born into a money gives one a lift up. Of course, there are racists in all societies, and racists can be of any colour, but that doesn't make the country in question racist. Culture is something very different, but perhaps that's for another day. The USA had a black president for two terms, yet turn on the TV and it won't be long before we are told the USA is a racist country, sorry, that's crap. I can only speak for the country I live, and we are far from racist. Not only are black people treated equally, they are treated with kid gloves. We all know police have to profile, and that makes perfect sense. Having once worked in Brixton I know it is Afro Caribbean culture for young black men to carry knives, so it's logical for the police to stop and search them on a frequent basis. It may upset snowflakes, but that's how life is. I am sure if little old ladies carrying hand bags were renowned for selling drugs, they would get stopped as well. For many years women stomped their feet until they got their own way, now they get preferential treatment, black people have done the same, and businesses have been forced into filling quotas, regardless of quality of applicant.
In brief, the world has gone completely bonkers, I don't understand it, and I don't like it. As far as Floyd is concerned, I believe he should have been euthanized years ago, but can't condone the way his life was ended.
You say "thanks for your eloquent reply" but who are you replying to??? In any case I think your reply to an undisclosed reply is terrific. Let me just say a few things without making a meal of it.
You say an American police officer acted unprofessionally/thuglike. True enough. I think the difference is in US vs UK police culture. In the US it is officially all about law enforcement whereas in the UK there is instead or in addition the concept of police serving the community. Yes, I know, not enough! I fear that sooner or later, if you put a people in uniform and give them weapons and powers to tell citizens what they can and can't do, the drift will be towards enforcement, which inevitably will result in an abuse of power, not least because of the personality of many of those who are attracted to the idea of a job that gives them such power. It's a very unhealthy consequence. In theory of course that abuse of power should be rooted out by an executive command. In practice, the institutional mindset drains integrity, independence and doing right.
I disagree with you that this killer cop would have acted the same way if, with all other factors being equal, George Floyd was white, yellow, or brown. I think black skin has become such an effective predictor or stereotype of criminality, delinquency and a danger to white(ish) society, that for the killer cop, the restraining of the suspect was mentally assisted by an unrestrained personal prejudice, which rationalised itself into a professional officiousness, which morphed into personal evil intent.
Of course it doesn't help if the black guy is so dangerously stupid as to struggle to resist being apprehended and arrested. All too often black people are their own worst enemy. But "execute" them when they are already restrained? And none of the onlooking police to step forward to stop this murder? Can one really expect ordinary citizens witnessing this evil, especially hose of the same skin colour, to react in a calm rational way rather than with white heat emotion.
Unlike you, I saw plenty of media coverage of criminally uncontrolled savage destructive rioting. Certainly enough for Trump to demand peace & order without the delay of touchy-feely speeches by whichever bigwigs can get themselves in front of a rolling camera. And who cares whether that peace & order is restored by local, state-wide or federal resource, military or civilian. I think Trump was right disregard bureaucratic or political protocol. It is however unfortunate that Trump couldn't or wouldn't convey at least an understanding and disapproval, even revulsion, of the police act which sparked off this "yet-another last straw" (these continual last straws do build up an ever-increasing head of steam. It is also sadly unfortunate that if Trump had uttered more than just a soulless preoccupation with "law & order" there is a good chance the anti-Trump media would have suppressed that soundbite. But then again, what was to stop Trump saying something more than "Law & Order" on Twitter. After all, that is his communication MO. Let's face it, Trump has a lot of missing parts and he is as much an embarrassment to America as Corbyn would have been to Britain, probably more so with Trump because with Corbyn there is always some sympathy when one is uncertain whether they should be sent to a rest home or an asylum. Anyway, what we've now got in Britain is nothing to write home about.
Thanks for wising me up on George Floyd's criminal history. It came as no surprise but it's good that you have nailed down that uncomfortable truth to the mob of libertarians and WSM's.
Thanks also for your elegant and entertaining examples of the cant and hypocrisy spewing forth from protesters and the media.
Your analysis of the problem is spot on and, quite rightly, you cannot offer any constructive recommendation that addresses your justifiable conclusion that the world has gone completely bonkers.
The only recommendation I can put forward is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04clpd7h0b0