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Aaron Black: no place for racism in this world

by Niel Victor Masoy, June 01, 2020 8:00am

Meralco Bolts rookie guard Aaron Black took to Twitter on Sunday evening to express his condemnation over the inhumane, and what was widely-believed as racist-driven slaying of Black American George Floyd by a White policeman named Derek Chauvin last May 26 (Philippine time).

Chauvin has already been charged for murder.

"No place for racism in this world," said the Filipino-American Black, son of former PBA import and also current Meralco head coach Norman. 

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In a report by the BBC News, Chauvin and his fellow policemen arrested Floyd for his alleged 'passing counterfeit currency' (using a fake money) in a grocery store in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States.

The police officers tried to put Floyd in their squad car, and found success as they did it and had Floyd handcuffed.

Moments later, Chauvin pulled Floyd out of the passenger side as the latter fell to the ground, face down, and still handcuffed.

With Floyd held by other policemen, Chauvin then put his knee on Floyd's neck. As his air supply being blocked, the African-American begged for his life but to no avail.

"I can't breathe, please, please, please," Floyd was overheard repeatedly saying.

Chauvin didn't let up and had his knee on Floyd for more than eight minutes which eventually led to the latter's death.

People nearby recorded these developments through their phones and posted the videos of it on social media.

The posts went viral as Chauvin and the other policemen's actions drew the ire of the people, especially the African-Americans, around the world. Left and right protests both physically and digitally then ensued, with Black American celebrities and athletes taking center stage and leading the activities.

Racism has been a thing for so many years now not only in America but around the world. Nonetheless, Black, a former Ateneo standout, believes that people, regardless of race and skin color, can live with each other by accepting each other.

"As a half black american that was raised here in the Philippines, I can truly say that different races can co exist without all the hate. (It) Starts with accepting other people as they are and not stereotyping based on one’s skin color or culture," explained the 23-year-old Black.

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Black, who stands at 5-foot-11, encourages people to speak up not only against racism, but also to the other forms of injustices as well here in the Philippines.

"Let’s do our part and speak up against not only racism in the US but the injustices happening around us here in the Philippines as well. Together we can make a difference."

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