Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Don Blankenship: 'George Floyd Killing Was Murder, Not Racism'

June 1, 2020
CONTACT: Mr. Don Blankenship
George Floyd Killing Was Murder, Not Racism
Don Blankenship released the following statement on the George Floyd Killing

Our country has a long history of racial issues, but there is no video evidence that George Floyd was murdered because he was black and the officers were not black. Said differently, George may well have been murdered because he was black, but the video of the murder does not provide such evidence. The video is evidence of police brutality, of a failed police action, of cruelty, and of a murder, but the video is not by itself evidence of racism.

It was critically important that the Minneapolis police treat the video as what it appears to be—clear evidence of a murder. Regrettably, they did not and still have not done so. Their delay in doing so has caused them to appear biased and arguably racist. Why else would they not treat an apparent murder involving multiple persons as a murder?

A murder charge should have been immediately brought against the officer who choked George. Also, whatever charges were or are appropriate against the other participants in the murder should have been brought as quickly as possible.

In short, the evidence on the video is clear evidence of a murder, and it should be further investigated as a murder case. The delay in bringing charges against the participants in the apparent murder should also be investigated as possible racism. If racism was a factor in the delay and/or in the murder itself, then appropriate corrective and disciplinary actions should be taken against those involved.

The participants in the subsequent “protests,” if peaceful and lawful, should be treated under the law as peaceful and lawful protesters. The participants in the “riots,” if stealing and damaging property, should be treated under the law as participants in theft and vandalism.

The point is that murder is murder and racism is racism. Protests are protests and riots are riots. They are entirely different things. Racism can be motivation for murder and for protests alike. But there is no evidence yet that the murder of George Floyd was motivated by racism. Regardless, racism cannot be a justification for riots.

The equal and timely application of the rule of law are the keys to preventing civil unrest. The Constitution guarantees all of us equal protection under the law. When a man is murdered, the first order of business is to arrest those responsible for the murder and to charge them immediately and properly.  Doing so in the case of George Floyd would have demonstrated that Minneapolis officials are not racists, but they failed to do that. It is a lesson of which all police departments in America need to take notice.

The most important thing at this point is not why the officers caused George Floyd to die, but rather to treat and charge them just like anyone else would be treated and charged. If Minneapolis officials do that, then the rule of law will be protected, which is what a civil society depends on.

Don Blankenship
Constitution Party Candidate for President
Paid for by Don Blankenship
Copyright © 2020 Mr. Don Blankenship, All rights reserved.

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NewFederalist said...

Wow! Talk about touching the third rail!

Justice Apash said...

Yeah, I have many issues with Don Blankenship however he is partly correct. This was not a racial incident it was a murder (two of the four officers charged are non-white, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao). Here is what I wish he had elaborated on. It is not so much a problem of racism as it is a problem of the erosion of our Constitutional rights. In 2015, civil asset forfeitures by police exceeded robberies. There have been whites who were victims of choke-holds and no-knock raids however they were not given national attention. The NSA spying on our phones. The lockdowns that have taken away our freedom. All these point to a larger problem of the loss of freedom and the tyrannical state that we are in.

Altworlder said...

Sounds like a classic Constitution Party sidestep on racial issues. I remember Chuck Baldwin in 2008 or maybe Peroutka in 2004 at a debate recognizing only one race- the human race. Very colorblind!

FWW said...

Hmmm. Trouble in River City.

CP-Texas state convention voted to disaffiliate from the national CP yesterday, 20 June 2020. CP-Illinois also apparently disaffiliated effective 20 June 2020. And it seems there are still other state parties eyeing the exist doors.

At this rate of state party disaffiliation, the national CP's continuance is in grave doubt; and this irrespective of its 2020 candidate.

The national CP has maneuvered itself into a box canyon. Unwisely, they used up all their rope behind them, in their wake of multiple lynchings of anyone the oligarchy deemed to be a reformist within their organization.

What you sow, you reap.