George Floyd’s Killing Is a Reminder Why The 2020 Election Matters

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Living as a Black woman in Minneapolis and dealing with constant racist episodes, “I often felt as if I were in a strange sociological experiment,” writes Michele Goodwin—so much so that her biracial daughter did not feel comfortable returning to the city. “But this needn’t have been my family’s story. So how do we fix this?” (Natalie @jbfan911 / Twitter)

The past few days have been traumatizing for our nation, with the death of George Floyd, gasping “I can’t breathe,” before taking his final breath. 

He would die in a scene horrifically reminiscent of Jim Crow, if not slavery; neck pressed into the black asphalt stifled, handcuffed and asphyxiated under the knee of Officer Derek Chauvin, while other officers look on—casually. In part, it is the nonchalance which is so terrifying—and yet for too many Black Americans too familiar.

The officers…

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