What’s Going On…

USA riots following the death of George Floyd, May 31
(New York City protests)

I would like to apologise to all my followers because I have made the decision that today I will post a special post reference the sad, tragic, incredible situation going on in the United States. I will follow through with the Picasso series tomorrow, Monday, June 1, 2020. So tomorrow it will be “Picasso y Dora Maar”.

Today I am very saddened and concerned with the situation throughout the U.S. First because of the death of Mr. George Floyd. Second because of the attitude of some police officers, like Derek Chauvin who show no regard for human life. The police are not there to murder people. An enforcer is not a judge and cannot decide life or death. An officer is only authorised to use deadly force to protect his life or the life of others…

Riots, violence, disturbances in the cities is not the answer. Violence begets further violence. No one has the right to inflict harm on others. If we are outraged…and we should…by the actions of this rogue cop, we should be outraged by the violence perpetrated across twenty five cities in the United States by “protesters”. Showing your disgust, your anger and your desire for change does not allow you to hurt others or to destroy private property.

I lived in the US for many years. I served in the US military, I was a deputy sheriff in a large metropolitan area. I never had to exert deadly force. I never abused anyone. I took my job seriously and I did not extend the bounds of my authority and became an abuser. There is no reason to disrespect others. In the US a “criminal” is innocent until proven guilty and condemned by a jury of his peers. The police have no right to punish.

Protesters have every right to protest. They’ve no right to take the protest too far, to extend it to where it becomes revenge. And misguided revenge because white people are not necessarily to blame because a white poiceman kills a black man. We are all victims when it comes to police induced violence, when it comes to being disrespected by a law enforcement officer.

One thing that I must say is that I saw that when a child is born in the US, if her parents are from Argentina, Cuba, Bolivia or any other country in Central or South American, that child is termed “Hispanic”. That I could never and still do not comprehend. Why is that child simply not an “American”? Why are black people called “African-Americans”, why are Mexicans (born in the US) called “Latinos”? Why isn’t everybody born in the US an “American”. Why do “they” divide people and then look for unity? Who decides who is “white”?

This is the key, I believe, to solving the racial, ethnic and social problems that plague the United States. In my country when a child is born they are only one thing, a Spaniard. You still retain your cultural background, say if you are from Galicia, Catalunya, Euskadi or Andalucia, but you are a Spaniard and no one, nowhere will ever ask you what race do you claim as your own. It does not matter if your parents were Moroccans, Africans, Russians, Chinese or North Americans…

I hope that these horrible riots and protests end soon and that peace can be found again in that country and that the ones that set policy there realise that by catgegorising people by their race or ethnic group is an error that can lead to disaster.

Peace…I leave you with this great song by an American who really understood unrest, bigotry, racism and the sorrows of being from a country that does not accept you…

Please let me know what you think about all this…let’s talk about it…

THANKS!

37 comments

  1. glitzyritzymommy · May 31

    Love this love you ❤ respect and honor and admiration for any solider ❤ thank you for YOUR service 🙏 God Bless you and thank you for this beautiful post! I am saddened by this violence and agree 100 percent with your beautiful words ..God bless the 🇺🇸 and the 🌎….love you spain 🇪🇸

    • Grazie mille mia bella cara! Thank you! Take good care and stay safe my dear friend! All the best to you! Tanti baci per te… 🙂

  2. GP Cox · May 31

    I don’t condone violence or racism of any sort – but if the media is going to literally advertise the riots, why don’t they ever show the rampant black-on-white crimes.
    I don’t expect a reply, I’m merely making a point.

    • Yes George, you do deserve a reply and mine is that I am totally in agreement with you. Thank you so much for participating. The media is not the “media” any more, they are trying to be the “news” and also to control the narrative, the events and public opinion. I agree with you my friend,
      Francisco

  3. Brad Osborne · May 31

    Very well written and said, my friend! As a fellow prior LEO, I whole-heartedly agree! We cannot let the tragic actions of the few negate the necessity, professionalism, or integrity of the whole. I would add that the division of race by nomenclature is not a set rule, but often reflective of the peoples wanting to proudly own and express their cultural heritage. Many minorities choose to self-identify as Latino, African, Asian, Hispanic etc. I think it would help if all citizens saw themselves as American first, regardless of the heritage. Violence is a self-sustaining action that leads nowhere tenable. Like you, I have never had to apply deadly force in law enforcement. Mutual respect, listening and speaking clearly, and a little empathy is all it ever took to gain compliance. Glad you tackled this subject today! We need the calmer voices to prevail! Thanks, Francisco!

    • Thank you Brad! I fully agree…diversity is something that is celebrated in the home, among your fellows but not necessarily by the country in which you were born in. Within those legal parameters, all are the same. I was a LEO for 30 years in a big city. I worked through a few riots, a few hurricanes and the mayhem brought by the Memorial Day weekends in Miami Beach and still never had to use excessive force. I am glad to know we’ve something else in common. All the best to you my friend, take good care and stay safe,
      Francisco

  4. glitzyritzymommy · May 31

    Tanti Baci 😘 bell’uomo….❤💋

  5. beth · May 31

    it is heartbreakingly sad and awful on every level. thank you for this

    • Thank you Beth, and you are so right. It is a sad event and I pray to God that things calm down soon. All the best to you,
      Francisco

  6. theatrealtair · May 31

    I don’t know about America – in France, for the last two years, it’s equality, everyone gets hit.
    But it’s true that this obsession with wanting to have roots, particularities, I wonder if it hasn’t made us forget the most important thing: we are human. The rest we shouldn’t even talk about. In the 70s (or was I too young?), we talked about Someone – not about gender, origin, sexuality, ethnicity or even religion.

    • Yes, you are right. The importance thing is not to celebrate diversity (like they say in the US) but to celebrate our humanity, to celebrate that we belong to the Human Race…Yes, in the 70’s the Hippy movement advocated for the Family of Man, who came multi-coloured and multi-racial…but in the US they spend too much time separating the races, the ethnicity and ultimately, the people…thank you and all the best to you,
      Greetings from Spain,
      Francisco

  7. Easymalc · May 31

    There is no need to make apologies for writing this post Francisco. You’ve got it spot on.

    I think it was Martin Luther King who said that “A riot is the language of the unheard” and how true that is – but there is more to it than that. There are many people who are unheard who don’t riot. The struggle for human rights and equality have been going on since time immemorial and probably will do for many years to come.

    I would like to know though whether these riots were caused by genuine anger at the inability of the powers that be to clamp down on what can possibly be seen as institutional racism or whether rent a mob has turned up to fuel the flames of an already disaffected community to cause anarchy for their own ends.

    • Malc! It is great to hear from you! And I agree with what you are saying…the struggle for equality, civil rights, human rights et al, has been going on all over the world and like you said, since time immemorial, but when people have to fight for their rights, for their freedom, liberty or their human rights, they have done so but, rioting in the streets of the US, killing innocent people that simply own stores, or work for the municipalities, is not fighting for rights or for equality, it is murder and mayhem. These riots were planned. It is impossible to attack more than 30 cities in the US if this was not a planned effort and planned by whom? Planned not by those who care about the gentleman that was killed by the cop, but by those who want to destroy the status quo, that want to destroy civilisation as we know it…
      So I think that the “rent a mob” theory is correct. The black community is definitely disaffected but I don’t think they would go this far if there were not agitators guiding those who are in love with violence…These groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter are akin to terrorist organisations. I would like to see if ISIL organised a riot in the US, what would the Armed Forces do?
      Thank you Malc…I must visit your site soon…take good care, hope you are well and all the best to you!
      Francesc

      • Easymalc · May 31

        Thanks for the extra bit of info re Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Not surprised if I’m honest. I’m well thanks Francesc, hope you are too

  8. Bon Repos Gites · May 31

    Great post!!

  9. Sheree · May 31

    It’s as if the States has barely progressed from slavery. It’s utterly shameful and shocking, MLK – a among others – will be turning in his grave. Great post Francisco.

    • Thank you so much Sheree! You are right, it is shameful and sad because when you see the results of that hatred, those injustices, and that people get hurt and killed, you do have to admit that they’ve not progressed much. Thank you and all the best to you,
      Francisco

  10. pedmar10 · May 31

    You have to understand the USA since independence day, a band of rag tags from anglo saxons countries and the protestant ethics. the politics of isolation and the civil war. Then you would understand as Will Smith well say, there was always these situations just now they can put it on film! USA is different and will always be that way. Cheers

  11. ekurie · May 31

    I don’t know how long it has been since you lived here. I don’t know what you think of our current President or his admin. I don’t know if you know of George Soros, an insidious encourager of destroying America’s foundations. But I do know the specific designations relevant to culture exist solely because over the years those cultures demanded them. Before this we were all Americans. Some were not satisfied with that. And what is happening here now is not entirely as a result of the alleged murder of Mr Floyd. Just a comment, not requiring of a reply.

    • I appreciate your comments and I thank you for your participation. I also agree that what is happening over there is not entirely a result of the murder of Mr. Floyd, it has a lot to do with Soros backed organisations that are, like you’ve said, dedicated to destroying America’s foundations. However, categorising people according to their supposed “racial” groups or “ethnicity” is something that is only done in the US and it is something unnecessary. People’s specific designations will not be blurred or erased if the government (and other social, business and educational organisations) ignores them. In Spain we do not have such a wide mix but we’ve people from many different origins, non-European but their children born here are Europeans and Spaniards, regardless of the race or ethnicity they themselves identify with. Thank you my friend.
      All the best
      Francisco

  12. markbierman · May 31

    Well said, Francisco. We are ALL human, despite race or ethnicity. There is good and bad in every profession and every walk of life.

  13. janetsm · May 31

    Thank you for this post today, Francisco. Reading it and all the comments it has prompted have been eye-opening for me as an American.

    When I was a young student in the early 1960s, I was taught that America was a “melting pot.” I cheerfully accepted that as a white little girl in an all-white elementary school. It had a nice ring to It and have me pride in my country. It was only as I became much older that I realized this wasn’t true. It never was true. Your post and several of the comments have made this clearer to me than I even realized before.

    Your perspective as a Spainard who has lived in the US is especially appreciated by me because it is a perspective I don’t have. I have only lived in the US. To read your words about the way we in America categorize people based on ethnicity and skin color was a real eye-opener for me as you contrasted that with your experience in Spain. After 400 years of these divisions, I wonder how many more centuries it will take us to break the cycle — or can it ever be broken?

    It has been a sad week in America. There is sadness and anger that a rogue police officer could use excessive force to the point of killing a person — especially while surrounded by three other police officers who did nothing but allow this murder. The complicity demonstrated by those other three officers takes our sadness and anger to a whole other level.

    I value the open conversation your post today has provided.

    Many thanks from North Carolina,
    Janet

    • And I thank you Janet for your words of introspection and truth. I have lived in other countries and have never been aware that they categorise people like in the US, especially with the wrong categories and with thoughtless assumptions about nationalities and countries, especially when most people from Central and South America also came from Europe and/or Africa, China, Asia or the Middle East…

      In any event we are a much older continent and a thousand years ago we probably also went through the struggles that now face the US…thank you Janet and all the best to you,
      Francisco

  14. fakeflamenco · May 31

    I agree with a lot of what’s said here. Thank you for broaching the topic, Francisco. Antifa is definitely a hate group. Black Lives Matter is antiviolence, looking for social justice through peaceful protest. Violence in our cities after the tragedy of the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, is a symptom of the continued inequality in the United States. Our society must change and see all the people as human beings.

    • Thank you Rebecca and I am glad to read your participation in this conversation. Yes, we must look beyond colour and realise we’re all human beings…I think all lives matter, black ones and white…all the best,
      Francisco

      • fakeflamenco · June 2

        I think we agree on the intrinsic value of all human beings, Francisco. From what I understand, the Black Lives Matter statement and movement is to promote the wellbeing of a people who have endured a ton of prejudice and violence against them. It is in no way to say others don’t matter. Rather, it is to say, listen black people matter too although they have been treated horribly in the US for 400 years. It is the affirmation that black people are people, and always have been although they were enslaved and reviled. Thank you for broaching this important subject.

      • Thank you Rebecca, I understand and your words and sentiments are well placed and I agree with you fully. I now see, after returning to Europe, how different the mindset is between the two continents. I can only hope that things settle down and that those problems, which stem from so long ago, get resolved and that these unacceptable injustices and inequalities don’t just get pushed, once more, under the rug. Thank you so much my friend for your input into this subject. All the best,
        Francisco

  15. gifted50 · May 31

    My friend, your post is from the heart. There are so many wrongs, they can never be right. As a black woman from South America, even I can never truly understand the pain of Black Americans to the fullest extent. My husband who is from this country and his family from Alabama can tell stories on racism.
    As a woman of color, I have never personally been in such a situation. I have however been a passenger many many times when the driver, a black man was stopped and harassed for no reason. Nothing untoward was happening for us to be stopped, detained and searched and spoken to in the most condescending manner. (I have been spoken to that way by immigration officers in Miami as well).
    Now as the mother of 2 black sons, I worry, a lot and I am afraid. For example, my son and 3 of his white friends were in front on my aunt’s house talking, the cops pulled up because they got a call and of course they went straight for my son, being the only black on in the group. The kids were doing nothing, but someone called because 1 black kid was there!
    If you are not black your experiences in this world will always be different and you will never truly understand the way that black people feel and are treated from kindergarten by teachers, peers and it is a never-ending saga. It is heartbreaking for your baby to come home from school with the stories … what can you say to ease a pain that you know will only get worse?

    • Thank you my friend for sharing such a personal testimony which is full of truth and also sadness. I agree with you that I cannot fully understand the life of a black man in the US or in Europe. All I can say is that we must all make an effort to respect the life, the colour and the circumstances God has given us, as well as who we must be as we live through the pilgrimage of Earth. Thank you so much!

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