Whiteness squeezes the breath out of black people

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A man wearing a protective face mask raises his fist and holds a placard at a protest in Los Angeles, California, in the US, against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd Picture: Mike Blake / Reuters
A man wearing a protective face mask raises his fist and holds a placard at a protest in Los Angeles, California, in the US, against racial inequality in the aftermath of the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd Picture: Mike Blake / Reuters

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The murder of George Floyd is an event that has, once more, reminded global humanity of the sordidness of racism and its ugly twin, the security forces. When you are black the two are inseparable. For centuries one was used as the most effective means to maintain the other and, in the process, seal the fate of any savage that had – even by default – some bright spark.

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