The UK government must condemn Trump's response to George Floyd's murder #speakupBoris
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The UK government must condemn Trump's response to the murder of George Floyd and the continued racially motivated police brutality in the US.
American racism was bred by UK colonialism. We need the government to speak up about racially motivated police brutality in the US to not only condemn systemic racism in the United States but also to spark a long overdue conversation about racism in the UK.
The UK Gov continues to be silent on racially motivated police brutality in the US as well as President Trump's shocking response to the aftermath of Floyd's murder.
We must not only condemn Floyd’s death but also Trump’s threats to protestors, and the sale of riot gear to the US.
Trump’s words “when the looting starts the shooting will start” - are quoted from 60’s police chief Walter Headley who targeted and murdered black individuals with dogs and guns.
As Lee Merrit, civil rights lawyer representing Floyd’s family, said recently “the US police shoot and kill around 11,000 people per year - the shooting started a long time ago”.
Merrit also called for “the international community to unilaterally condemn America” The UK’s silence makes us complicit.
To play our part in getting justice for George Floyd and support Black Lives Matter the UK Gov must speak up now. #speakupBoris
The UK government has previously condemned police brutality in other countries in the recent past, for example excessive police force used in the Hong Kong protests. Therefore there is a precedent and a responsibility for the UK government to condemn the continuing police brutality that has claimed Floyd’s and so many other black lives in the US.
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