On May 25, a black man cried out “I can’t breathe” while under the knee of a white officer in Minneapolis. Bystanders cried out on the man’s behalf while other officers watched, and witnesses videotaped the cries to spare his life.
George Floyd was a man created in God’s image who had black skin and breath in his lungs. Black skin that created a context for profiling, brutality and his tragic death. Breath in his lungs that was prematurely and savagely snuffed out by someone society had positioned to help provide for his, and our, safety.