George Floyd, Coronavirus, and the United States of Apathy: Uncovering the American Culture of Violence and Indifference

Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck. (Photo was taken by an onlooker.)

1. Context

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May 28 — Protestors stand in front of the burning Minneapolis 3rd police precinct as the station is being burned. (Photo by Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

2. The American Tradition of Violence

Leaders of the March on Washington movement (1963) standing in front of Abraham Lincoln’s statute. (Photo: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)
An incident at 133rd Street and Seventh Avenue during the Harlem riot of 1964. (Photo: US Library of Congress)

3. The American Reality of Indifference

“When the looting starts, the shooting starts”: President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House on May 29, 2020. (Photo: AP/Alex Brandon)
Demonstrators gather across from the White House (now fortified with a white barricade) to protest the death of George Floyd. (Photo: Evan Vucci, AP)

4. United States of Apathy

Eric Garner choked to death by the police in the New York City borough of Staten Island (July 17, 2014). (Photo: New York Daily News/Ramsey Orta)
Protests in Chicago after no indictment in Eric Garner’s chokehold death, December 4, 2014 (Photo: Wikipedia/Montimago)
People protest the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis. (Photo: Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP)

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