‘I can’t breathe’ is yet another rallying cry in a long roll ...


‘I can’t breathe’ is yet another rallying cry in a long roll call of death

George Floyd’s death has resurrected all too familiar memories as the Black Lives Matter movement resurges

Rozina Sabur

Watts 1965, Detroit 1967, LA 1992, Ferguson 2014 and now Minneapolis 2020: America has been here before – its treatment of black people an open wound running through a fractured society before exploding periodically into violent confrontation.

This time it is the killing of George Floyd that has set this country ablaze – another name to be chanted on the streets by a people “sick and tired of being sick and tired”.

That name now resonates across America, and Floyd’s last words as he lay gasping for air, a policeman’s knee choking the life out of him, have become a rallying cry. From Minneapolis across to Los Angeles, New York and the nation’s capital, Washington, they chant “I can’t breathe”...

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