Sports journalist Jason Whitlock labeled recently erected statues paying tribute to George Floyd as “racist” and called for the “offensive” statues to be “torn down immediately.”
“The deification of George Floyd harms black people and America,” Whitlock wrote in a Tuesday column. “George Floyd was a victim — of his drug addiction, self-destructive behavior, and Derek Chauvin’s misconduct.”
Whitlock argued that the narrative surrounding Floyd’s death while in police custody last summer in Minneapolis is part of a “Marxist overhaul” of American culture.
“Floyd is not Jesus. He’s not Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, or Medgar Evers, black men who died tragically in service of promoting racial fairness,” Whitlock added. “Floyd isn’t Crispus Attucks, the first man killed in America’s Revolutionary War. Floyd isn’t Emmett Till, an innocent victim of anti-black bigotry.”
The veteran journalist then pointed to Floyd’s history of drug use and called for the statues of Floyd to be torn down.
“I’m shocked the sculptor didn’t put a crack pipe in one hand and a 40-ounce of beer in the other,” Whitlock wrote, referring to Floyd’s many years of drug addiction. “The statues of Floyd need to be torn down immediately. They’re racist. They’re designed to symbolize that America turns black men into lazy, criminal drug addicts.”
Whitlock also pointed a finger at several prominent Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Barack Obama, accusing them of using race to divide the country.
“The entire satanic cabal of cultural elites, both white and black, are using George Floyd and other forms of racial division to overthrow a flawed system of governance that has outperformed any other system ever invented,” Whitlock wrote.
Last week, a 700-pound statue of Floyd was unveiled in Newark, New Jersey, in preparation for the celebration of the Juneteenth holiday.
“George Floyd represents a lot more than himself at this juncture in history,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said during the unveiling ceremony. “Hopefully, when people walk by it and they see it … hopefully, it inspires them to become active in the struggles that are happening right here in Newark and right here in New Jersey.”
Another statue to Floyd was erected in Brooklyn, New York, and the unveiling was attended by Floyd’s brother.
"My brother was the sacrifice, so I need y’all to continue to pay attention and keep my big brother’s name ringing in the ears of everyone," Terrence Floyd said at the unveiling.
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Original Author: Andrew Mark Miller