Mendoza: Land of muck and phony

Al S. Mendoza

To be involved is normal. To be detached is also normal.

On June 1, 2020, Michael Jordan got himself involved in the almost global call for justice over the recent death of an African American while under police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

Coming no less from the Goat (Greatest Of All Time), that’s a three-point shot for humanity.

Jordan issued a strongly worded statement condemning the death of George Floyd caused by a policeman’s knee pitilessly planted in Floyd’s neck.

Floyd, already wrestled down on the pavement and with his hands locked in cuffs, was pleading he couldn’t breathe. But officer Derek Chauvin was as deaf as a lamppost.

Chauvin’s knee was in Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds and, all this time, the three other cops at the scene practically did nothing. Floyd was already unconscious and virtually brain dead when paramedics arrived.

Chauvin now faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. His three fellow cops, similarly fired like Chauvin, may similarly face murder raps.

Floyd’s alleged crime?

He used a 20 dollar counterfeit bill in a grocery store.

“I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” said Jordan.

Who isn’t?

This is total madness. Plain insane all the way.

You are four cops already in custody of a single person suspected of spending a mere 20-dollar bill deemed fake, and you go that brutally far as

though you had just captured Bin Laden’s deputy—warranting the use of unnecessary force in your deranged minds?

“I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration,” said Jordan. “I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”

Racism again.

Listen to President Mugabe of Zimbabwe: “Racism will never end as long as those who don’t pay their bills are blacklisted and not whitelisted.”

From Jordan: “Floyd’s life has been brutally and senselessly taken through an act of racism...”

And so, is America still your land of milk and honey?

Not anymore.

Your America is now the land of muck and phony.