Black Lives Matter, Election Lead Concerns, and a Pandemic

Elections, pandemic, Black Live Matter, protests mark crazy year

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Johnny Silvercloud

What’s to come

Edwin Castro, Staff writer

George Floyd lay on the ground, neck under the knee of a white policeman and took his last breath.

Breonna Taylor was shot dead in her own apartment as police did a no-knock entry.

Jonathan Price was unreasonably tased and shot dead by a White police officer.

These are but three of the dozens recent deaths or serious injuries done to Black men and women.

The Black Lives Matter movement brought together people of all races who began to recognize the unusually disparate numbers of killings of Black people by the police.

BLM has affected many people and emphasized how they should be concerned about the things done by some police officers.

Freshman Chibuike Ngere thinks that police brutality is a big issue, and that it is law enforcers responsibility to enforce the law equally and fairly. In some situations, force has to be exerted but in none of the most recent has it looked that way.

Ngere also thinks that police officers should be punished according to the severity of their actions.

“This is because they’re law enforcers,” said Ngere. “Their duty is to enforce the law, not to break it.”

Ngere, who is Black, said that he does not feel endangered when in the presence of a police officer. Ngere believes that the job of a police officer is to protect and said that he seeks their safety when he is in need of it.

        “I will not hold malice for something that has happened in the past with certain officers,” Ngere said. ”I will instead hold them up as a group of people working together for my good.”

Mesquite had its own BLM issue in April 2017.  Roy Oliver, a Balch Springs police officer, shot three times at a car full of teenagers. A bullet struck Jordan Edwards in the head, ending his life. Unlike many situations the policeman did not get off for the murder, Oliver was sentenced 15 years in jail.

But BLM was only one of a myriad of divisions among groups in the United States.

The presidential election showed that regularly – as did the way the country was being run.

People saw politics as usual as a way of life.

And Nov. 3, Election Day, showed it to be rancorous and bitter. While Democratic nominee Joe Biden lead in the polls by as much as a 11-point lead, the day, the night and the following days showed it was a much closer race than the polls forecast.

The Tuesday Election Day ended as expected with some states still counting mail-in ballots. The electoral votes gave Biden the edge but states were still out. Wisconsin would require a recount as fewer than 20,000 votes separated them. Trump had no intention of giving up, suing states to either stop counting or demanded they keep counting. 

But the Presidential race wasn’t the only partisan politics at its worse. 

Democrats had the majority in the House and Republicans in the Senate. 

Democrats in the House sent bill after bill to the Senate where Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tabled them, refusing to open them for discussion.

Fights over providing pandemic relief escalated when jobless claims rose to millions of claims, and when the United States averaged 43,000 daily cases. Of the 22 million people who applied for unemployment, 11 million of them are still jobless.

The Covid 19 stimulus discussions talked about $1.6 trillion package offers, but President Trump and the Senate declined offer after offer.

Trump continued to play down the severity of the pandemic and the uselessness of wearing masks.

The first Presidential debate was disorderly at best and inappropriate at worse. 

President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden clashed over many issues. One of those was racial issues.

Both men insulted each other as their debate got into a personal level.

“You’re the worst president America has ever had,” Biden said. “Under Trump the country has become weaker, sicker, poorer and more violent.”

Trump called Biden down, saying he should never use the word “smart” in that he graduated at the bottom of his class.

Biden just shook his head.

In early October, President Trump and 30-plus people in the White House contracted the covid 19 virus.

Division continued and even escalated.

White supremacist groups planned the kidnapping of Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer and planned to try her for treason. They were stopped but the division continued.

The Proud Boys, a White supremacist group, took up as its slogan Trump’s debate sound bite to “Stand back and stand by.” He then claimed he didn’t know who the Proud Boys were.

The proposed second debate was cancelled when Trump refused to do a virtual debate. The third, just days before the election, was ruled by a moderator who muted the microphones of each of the candidates during their time to speak uninterruptedly.