Floyd Protests Continue: Where Does It Stop?

Floyd Protests Continue: Where Does It Stop?

Floyd Protests Continue: Where Does It Stop?

Saturday was Day 12 for the George Floyd protests, and the events have spread over all 50 states. Protests are even happening in Australia, Britain, and Japan. The movement is now a juggernaut, crushing even the pandemic in its path.

But where does it all stop?

Washington, DC, held what may have been the largest of the Floyd protests, with activists streaming into the city all day Saturday. They made their way to the giant “Black Lives Matter” words painted on 16th Street, the slogan spanning two blocks.

New York City, of course, saw another day of Floyd protests in Brooklyn and Manhattan, which also included a group of doctors rallying in Central Park. They held signs that read, “You stayed home for me, now I’ll kneel for you.” One of the organizing doctors told the Washington Post that “There are obviously two pandemics, one of which has been going on for centuries, and it’s time to take a stand against that.”

On the West Coast, protestors stopped traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge, while in Seattle, more health care workers joined in protests there. Wearing scrubs and lab coats, they carried signs that read “Racism is a Public Health Emergency.”

Even small towns had their share of Floyd protests. People demonstrated in places such as Garden City, Kansas; Alpine, Texas; and Havre, Montana.

Ostensibly, the Floyd protests are calling for police departments to re-examine their use of force, including the choke hold that killed George Floyd. Congressional Democrats — ever eager to keep a crisis fired up — plan to roll out police reform legislation on Monday. Called the “Justice in Policing Act,” the bill’s outline reads:

“Persistent, unchecked bias in policing and a history of lack of accountability is wreaking havoc on the Black community. . .”

“Cities are literally on fire with the pain and anguish wrought by the violence visited upon black and brown bodies. There are countless others whose stories we will never know.”

Leave it politicians to lay it on thick and heavy with hyperbole. As for the “cities . . . literally on fire” — the “fire” comes from looters and anarchists, of course. But the pols were on a roll.

Plus, George Floyd’s brother Philonise will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Do police departments need reforming? They probably do. However, I would start with examining the role of police unions in covering up for bad cops, just like teachers unions cover up for bad teachers. Difference here being, of course, that people can die at the hands of bad cops — Derek Chauvin, the officer who killed Floyd, had racked up 17 misconduct complaints.

But Democrats keep the unions in their back pockets, so don’t expect them to look too closely at police unions.

Beyond that, however, what more do the activists want?

Consider the make-up of the Floyd protests, and you find that they’re progressives who have a laundry list of demands. They know that they’ve got white middle-class America by the short hairs, and they are reveling in it. Here’s their chance to take over the social trajectory of the nation.

“Defund the police” seems to be the raison d’être for much of the leftist crowd. That slogan was painted along 16th Street in Washington, DC.

Plus, Chicago protestors held signs that read “Fund schools, not police.” Never mind what would happen in Chicago’s gang-ridden neighborhoods.

And, in Minneapolis, where Floyd died, Mayor Jacob Frey was booed from a protest because he doesn’t want to defund police. “Shame, shame,” chanted the mob. It was like a scene from “Game of Thrones.”

Defunding police is now such an article of faith that progressives will eat their own. Frey was a victim.

But the demands don’t stop there. Instead, they’re becoming more insane.

One black writer at the New York Times has his own list of demands for white people. One of them is for his white friends to dissociate from family members unless they support Black Lives Matter. Yes, really.

  • “Texts: To your relatives and loved ones telling them you will not be visiting them or answering phone calls until they take significant action in supporting black lives either through protest or financial contributions.”

While this screamer in Portland says that if you don’t sufficiently support black lives “you are a piece of f*cking garbage.” She doesn’t want to be your friend anymore, either. Neener-neener.

The insanity continues in the corporate world, as well.

Network A&E will not run new episodes of “Live PD,” this weekend. Paramount Network has delayed the new season of “Cops.”

A&E said in a statement:

“Out of respect for the families of George Floyd and others who have lost their lives, in consultation with the departments we follow, and in consideration for the safety of all involved, we have made the decision not to broadcast ‘Live PD’ this weekend.” 

“In consultation with the departments we follow” — translation, we’re afraid of possible backlash.

On top of that, the classic cartoon character Elmer Fudd will no longer carry a gun.

No, I’m not joking. The HBO series “Looney Tunes Cartoons” will still feature dynamite and falling anvils, but no guns:

“We’re going through this wave of anti-bullying, everybody needs to be friends, everybody needs to get along.” 

How will Elmer Fudd hunt for that wascally wabbit without his shotgun?

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Credit: wikimedia commons/public domain.

But if you’re mourning that piece of your childhood, consider what LEGO is doing to the youngest generation. That’s because the company will no longer promote products that feature police officers, patrol cars, police dog units — even a donut shop. They’ll still sell them, of course, LEGO isn’t that stupid. But they’re not marketing the toys because the company prefers to virtue-signal.

We have now descended into hysteria.

The Floyd protests are no longer about anger over a man killed by a sadistic cop. Instead, the young activists who protest in Floyd’s name want revolution, the destruction of American culture and traditions. And with the media and Democrats on their side, they will not stop the relentless bullying of those whom they deem as insufficiently woke. This is their religion, their cult, and we are all heretics.


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  • Scott says:

    Where does it stop? … With the destruction of our nation (their goal), or with the rest of the nation standing up and telling them to knock this shit off…(sadly, that second part may require bloodshed, a possibility I would have discounted just a few years, or even months ago, but which is now becoming more and more likely.

    • GWB says:

      Not “may”. It WILL.
      The school of hard knocks has a harsh headmaster, but many will learn at no other. (Apologies if I mangled that quote.)

  • Da Bear says:

    Where does it stop?

    For an answer, it is appropriate to quote Lenin, as all these made-for-TV protesters/looter are simply following the well established Marxist- Leninist revolutionary playbook on acquiring power through chaos,. However, the Americanized Soros/ Obama /Alinsky/CAIR/MSM version updates class struggle with the more potent systematic white racism.

    V.I Lenin wrote concerning moving revolution forward,”Вы исследуете штыками: если вы найдете кашу, вы нажимаете. Если вы найдете сталь, вы снимаете”…”You probe with bayonets: if you find mush, you push. If you find steel, you withdraw.”

    Find America’s steel, that’s exactly when this anarchy stops.

  • steve walsh says:

    So long as more is given, more will be demanded. It will not end until someone says no and then stands up to the resultant howling.

  • mac says:

    I could not be more disgusted with the rioters/looters. In a just world, Officer Chauvin would never have been charged because he was following written MPD procedure for a non-resistant hold. Andrew Branca thinks he and the other police will almost certainly beat the charges and I’d say he’s probably right. The rioters/looters were just waiting for any kind of an excuse to do this and they have been heavily encouraged by the leftists who so deeply hate President Trump. The fact that they had to start this criminality over such a lowlife as George Floyd, who had a rap sheet a yard long, just shows their desperation.

    If President Trump wins in November, and I think this criminal behavior has greatly increased those chances, the criminal element known as the Democrat Party is going to have Hell to pay. I want one of the first orders of business to be a Federal law allowing the use of deadly force without penalty by home or business owners against rioters/looters during times of civil disorder. If the response to a brick thrown through a store window was a blast of 12-gauge 00 buckshot going right back out that hole into the rioter who threw the brick, there would be a lot fewer bricks thrown in the first place.

    • GWB says:

      In a just world, Officer Chauvin would never have been charged because he was following written MPD procedure for a non-resistant hold.
      No, he was NOT. The procedure that was authorized is a choke hold. What Chauvin was doing was NOT a choke hold.

      First, a choke hold applies to the front sides of the neck, not the back. It temporarily shuts down blood flow to the brain so the suspect goes unconscious. He was kneeling on the back of the neck.

      Second, a choke hold will not last 9 minutes. If it does, you’re doing it VERY wrong.

      In a just world, Chauvin would absolutely be in jail for manslaughter (at least), and likely for deprivation of a citizen’s rights under color of authority. I don’t advocate railroading him, but the man had no business doing what he did. Period.

      over such a lowlife as George Floyd
      Well, we try to defend the rights of even the lowest of life, so that we never have to worry about being labeled “lowlife” to strip us of our rights.

      If President Trump wins in November … I want one of the first orders of business
      You know that re-electing Trump won’t achieve that, right? You have to take back the House of Representatives.
      (And, personally, I think deadly force over property should be allowed, even outside of riots and civil disorder. It’s my crap, and you can’t have it.)

  • GWB says:

    Protests are even happening in Australia, Britain, and Japan.
    Japan?!? This proves that this mass hysteria is international. It also proves just how unserious it is.

    The movement is now a juggernaut, crushing even the pandemic in its path.
    It IS a pandemic. It’s a virus of the mind, destroying all capability of rational thought and self-awareness.

    one of which has been going on for centuries
    Well, one and 3/4 centuries, actually. Since 1848.
    We’ve been trying to eradicate it, but morons like the protesters and The Squad keep it alive.

    including the choke hold that killed George Floyd
    IT WAS NOT a ‘choke hold’! That is NOT how you choke someone. He was kneeling on his neck. That’s why it was awful – it was NOT a legitimate method of subduing a suspect. (And, if you do away with them, the police will have no method to subdue a reluctant suspect than to shoot him. We’ve seen this before.)

    Congressional Democrats
    Congress has no jurisdiction in this, except to specifically counter clear discrimination under the law, or to correct where there is no longer a viable or republican form of gov’t.

    Cities are literally on fire with the pain and anguish wrought by the violence visited upon black and brown bodies.
    Bullshit. They’re on fire with the anger of people who should have been beaten more as children. They’re on fire with the angst of rich kids who wouldn’t know real virtue if it shot them in the face. They’re on fire because of those who destroy our country. They’re on fire with the racism and communism of the Democrats that have run those cities for half a century or more.

    Do police departments need reforming?
    And here’s a big part of the problem: Speaking of something like “police departments” as if all of them were the same. SOME police departments need reform (specifically the one in Minneapolis). “Police departments” do not need reform, since each one has its own character and leadership. Places like Alpine, Texas, and Havre, Montana probably don’t (maybe they do), while places like Chicago and Minneapolis and NYC certainly do. Though all of them probably require different reform than what the communists are demanding.

    That slogan was painted along 16th Street in Washington, DC.
    Which is defacement of public property – a misdemeanor. I wonder if painting my personal grievances on the road in my neighborhood would be looked at with such nonchalance?

    “Fund schools, not police.”
    Which shows profound ignorance in TWO different dimensions.

    dissociate from family members unless they support
    In the real world we call this abuse, at best. Extortion at worst.
    Good thing the left believes in not being evil. Oh wait, they dropped that slogan….

    “We’re going through this wave of anti-bullying, everybody needs to be friends, everybody needs to get along.”
    Oh, FFS. NO. Not everyone needs to be friends. I certainly didn’t want to be friends with the a**holes who bullied me as a kid. I didn’t even want to get along with them. I just wanted them to leave me alone – and not to be punished for fighting back when they assaulted me.

    The Floyd protests are no longer about anger over a man killed by a sadistic cop.
    Well, some of them will be. At least a few in Minneapolis. Everywhere else? Nah, bro.

    This is their religion, their cult, and we are all heretics.
    ^^THIS^^ (And the cancel culture is a violation of the Constitution when applied to elected or appointed public positions.)

    (Sorry for another long comment.)

  • RonF says:

    “But Democrats keep the unions in their back pockets,”

    You have this reversed. The public employee unions keep the Democratic party in their back pockets.

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