I mean this. I've asked it in dozens of forums and places I don't usually even post, and have yet to get an answer. I'm not saying it wasn't gut wrenching to watch. And unless there is one big, massive missing piece to the puzzle, the police officers in question must be tried for his death and, if found guilty (important piece here), prosecuted within the limits. And perhaps it was because of racism on the part of the accused police officer.
But with that said, how do we know it was racist? Everyone - Conservatives, Liberals, Republicans, Democrats, journalists, Christians, Christian leaders, Catholics, Orthodox, Protestant, clergy, celebrities, friends and coworkers - have all said this is linked to racism in America, America as racist nation, American racists, white racists, and all that jazz.
But how do we know it was racist? I'm not getting any answers. I have people say black Americans live in terror, and racism is systemic, and discrimination and all. But I've heard nobody say 'this is exactly how we know that George Floyd was killed because of racism.'
The only reason I can figure is the one reason nobody will say even though they all seem to mean it: Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd, is white. That nobody comes out and says this suggests, at least to me, they know deep down (or not so deep) that this doesn't sound nice. Saying it had to be racist because he's white just goes down sour. Even though the entire current debate is based solely on the fact that the killing was racist, and the only reason we could assume that is because of the skin color of Mr. Chauvin, nobody will just say so.
Which, by my lights, suggests this is bad because we're all - including Conservatives, Christians, and those who say they know better - jumping on something for reasons we know to be wrong, but doing it anyway. That is never a good sign in a nation, or in anything.
It reminds me of what a friend of mine I knew in graduate school used to say about growing up in the former Soviet Union. There was always this moment when they were forced to confess something they knew to be wrong. Sometimes stupid, flagrantly false. Because if you can get people to fall in line behind something they know to be wrong, you'll have no problem getting them to get behind more nuanced movements. I can't help but think I'm seeing a bit of this now.