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THESE Three Words

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Protesters outside the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct May 28 2020.
Protesters outside the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct May 28 2020.
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In the wake of the craven and brutal murder of George Floyd and as the United States, once again, goes up in flames the media has sought to sensationalize a dying man repeating "I can't breathe". CNN, one of the most prolific media exploiters of all, has announced a "Prime Time Special" about the death of Black Men in America called "I Can't Breathe" to air (no pun intended) this weekend. Demonstrators abound nationwide with placards and chants of "I can't breathe". Then there is "Black Lives Matter", another three word phrase. Fair enough.

In the just-us system there are three branches: law enforcement, the judiciary (adjudication) and corrections. There are also three branches of government.

On May 29, 2019 the cowardly pig that murdered George Floyd was arrested and charged with "Murder in the Third Degree" (the lowest murder charge). However, the other Three Little Piggies that were accomplices have not been charged in George Floyd's death, they remain at large as do the Three Little Piggies that slaughtered Breonna Taylor in her bed.

Many years ago, Stevie Wonder wrote a song called "These Three Words". I can not listen to that song and not become emotional; and if you listen to the lyrics you, too, shall weep for there is a poignant life story being told.

The media picks and chooses for less than honorable reasons what it highlights and, thusly, how it skews a story in terms of its own selfish and brutal messaging, agenda and profit. I am very curious as to why the media has chosen those three words uttered by George Floyd as opposed to the other more significant, telling, painful and evocative three words he repeatedly uttered as life extravasated from his body. I have been unable to sleep because I keep hearing them; its as though he is actually present and audible. "I can't breathe" is a complaint, whereas Mr. Floyd's most haunting words were a plea.

He said "Don't Kill Me".

That is all.

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Rohn Kenyatta is a native Californian that has three children and believes that all of the world's problems could be solved if "we were all just good to children". A noted Public Speaker, he is a contributing columnist for Black Agenda (more...)

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