After protests-turned-into-looting-and-chaos for George Floyd began in the United States, citizens of other countries took the opportunity as a pretext to protest and destroy too.
Was looting Nike’s European stores a show of solidarity with the Americans? I’m sure their pain can be measured by the number of shoe boxes they stole.
People also demonstrated against issues with police not related to race in their own countries. But Africa was indifferent. George Floyd was a black man, right? And white people all over the world are fighting for him, right? (Even if I’m not sure what the message really is). But his own root are acting unconcerned.
Looking at the map above, which I found on Wikipedia, showing the events around the world with more than 100 participants,, it’s clear that in Africa, Floyd’s death is not seen as a racist act at all. In fact, it seems to me that Africa don’t recognize Floyd as an African-American either. Not one of them. How revealing. Media cannot spin that.
But wait a minute.
When a Chinese is killed in New York, a Korean in Paris, an Italian in Italy, China, Korea, and Italy, don’t protest either. I strongly believe that to Africans, George Floyd is an American killed in America.
There were demonstration in only Seven African countries: Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. Some had only dozens of participants. Several were planned by the American Diaspora.
Even African leaders did not show they care for Floyd.
I don’t read people’s minds. I don’t know exactly why Africans are indifferent to this event that is shaking America. I can only make assumptions, the first being that they don’t see it with the same eyes as black Americans do. Africans did not see racism in the death of George Floyd, but an American criminal killed by an American cop.
Africans are too busy praying for the miracle of traveling and living in the same America that African Americans consider racist.
If you don’t see something, don’t say something
I am not African, but I did not see racism in Floyd’s death either. I will never say something if I don’t see something. Don’t let the left bully you into that. Don’t let the left bully you by forcing you to say things that deep down you don’t want to say and that you know you wouldn’t have said if no one threatened you with shame.
Besides, you are not alone.
1.29 billion Africans see things my way, Candace Owens’s way. She said that she does not “support George Floyd and the media’s depiction of him as a martyr for black America”. Africans don’t either.
If you see something, say something?
We, white people, are confused when we hear the words “white privileges”. We cannot know exactly what it is, since we worked hard for what we have. We cannot feel the white privilege, the same way men can’t feel a man’s gaze on a woman’s body. Black people, on the other hand, know exactly what white privilege is: it’s the privilege of not being looked at as a black person.
In Italy, men still whistle at women in the streets. Not in America. Can Americans stop seeing black skin? Stop seeing black people as black people? Is it even humanly possible?
I was born in France. France has very little racism. I am a French Jew and French Jews are not very racist. Raised in a non racist family in a non racist country makes me not racist at all. I don’t even understand the concept of racism. But when I see a black person, I see a black person, and I think “this person is black”. That’s white privilege.