Who Won The Week? 05/31/2020

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

For this week, I have chosen Darnella Frazier.2722E915-0CA3-4651-A7D8-7D38C2DD0398She is the 17-year-old girl who took the video of George Floyd being suffocated and killed by four Minneapolis police officers on Monday. Her 10-minute video shows Floyd clinging to life and eventually becoming unconscious. Floyd later died at an area hospital. His death has caused a firestorm of controversy and has led to numerous protests across the country.

Frazier said that she is traumatized after recording the officer, who has since been arrested and charged with third degree murder, using his knee to suffocate Floyd. She went on to explain how since the video surfaced, people have found her online social media pages and have been criticizing her for not stepping in to do more for the victim other than recording.

If not for her video, which she posted on Facebook, Floyd’s death at the hands of the police might have gone almost unnoticed. But her video went viral and because of it, the whole world witnessed a brutal and totally inappropriate and unnecessary murder of a black man at the hands of white police officers.

Sadly, but given the divisions in our country and the nature of social media these days, not surprisingly, people are harassing Frazier online. She’s being lambasted for posting the video and not intervening, even though she is heard in the video asking police many times to stop pinning Floyd. She posted, “I am a minor! 17 years old, of course I’m not about to fight off a cop.”

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

18 thoughts on “Who Won The Week? 05/31/2020

  1. newepicauthor May 31, 2020 / 9:20 am

    Nice choice and hopefully through her brave efforts, some of this injustice will end.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. rugby843 May 31, 2020 / 9:24 am

    People are nuts. A girl against policemen? What are they thinking? I’m amazed she was brave enough to video it. People seem to be on the edge of lunacy.

    On a brighter note I watched the SpaceX takeoff but was disgusted as Trump only eyed it a second and then turned away. I’m running out of words to describe him. His attitudes are revealed by the actions of haters towards the girl.

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  3. rugby843 May 31, 2020 / 9:25 am

    The NYT has a good article on how other US presidents reacted to crisis.

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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  4. Mister Bump UK May 31, 2020 / 9:41 am

    It’s a conundrum, isn’t it? Do you try to step in or do you fi;m it? By filming it, though, the issue has that publicity it would never have had otherwise.

    I always think that before stepping in to try to help. we should ask ourselves whether we actually *can* help. In this case, I doubt she could.

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  5. Irene May 31, 2020 / 9:58 am

    It is all so overwhelmingly sad and infuriating, I hope that girl will recover from the horrible experience. Will the country, though?

    Liked by 2 people

    • Fandango May 31, 2020 / 6:40 pm

      The girl and the country are suffering.

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  6. Marleen May 31, 2020 / 1:52 pm

    👏🏻 to her!

    Yes!

    I’m so glad you found her NAME.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The infamous police officer threatened to pepper spray her and other witnesses for recording and being there and speaking. And he was more than ready to kill people. Not only that, if she or anyone else had done anything physical to intercept the police officer, people would be blaming her (or any of the witnesses) for whatever then happened to her/them.

    The people who should have stopped him were the other three officers.

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    The runner-up, for better or worse, I would say, is the leadership of Twitter.
    They may have opened up a can of worms, and might need to backtrack… but…

    https://nypost.com/2020/05/29/history-behind-when-the-looting-starts-the-shooting-starts/

    The phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” tweeted by President Trump and accused of “glorifying violence” dates back to race riots during the 1960s, according to reports.

    It was used by Miami Police Chief Walter Headley in 1967 and again the following year by segregationist presidential candidate George Wallace, NPR reported Friday.

    Headley had been discussing his department’s “crackdown” on “slum hoodlums” in Miami, which he claimed hadn’t been affected by civil unrest because the message filtered down: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

    The comment, which appeared in a United Press International story in December 1967, drew criticism from civil rights leaders at the time.

    “The NAACP and other black organizations had for years complained about the treatment of the black community by Miami police,” Lusane said.

    “At this hearing, in discussing how he would deal with what he called crime and thugs and threats by young black people, he issued this statement that the reason Miami had not had any riots up to that point, was because of the message he had sent out that ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts.’”

    Headley, the police chief for 20 years, said his “get tough” policy targeted “young hoodlums, from 15 to 21, who have taken advantage of the civil rights campaign.”

    “We don’t mind being accused of police brutality,” he said at a 1967 press conference.

    His use of the phrase is believed to have intensified Miami’s race riots in the late ’60s, according to the Washington Post.

    ……….

    https://apple.news/ArHJprDbdR3i4yUJs9PyXOw
    Trump tweets threat … Twitter put a warning label on it

    His phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” mirrors language used by a Miami police chief in the late 1960s in the wake of riots. Its use was immediately condemned by a wide array of individuals, from historians to members of rival political campaigns.

    Some users reported the tweet to Twitter as a rule violation.

    Less than two-and-a-half hours later, Twitter took action. “This Tweet violates our policies regarding the glorification of violence based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today,” the company said.

    “We’ve taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts, but have kept the Tweet on Twitter because it is important that the public still be able to see the Tweet given its relevance to ongoing matters of public importance.”

    Twitter has said in the past that it makes exceptions to its rules when heads of state are involved, due to the inherently newsworthy nature of their posts.

    Facebook came under scrutiny last year for saying it would not fact-check politicians’ posts.

    Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO and cofounder, defended the company’s position in a speech last year in Washington, but noted there may be some exceptions. “Even for politicians we don’t allow content that incites violence or risks imminent harm — and of course we don’t allow voter suppression,” he said.

    At the link from where you see I used boldface in quotation of the article on Trump’s tweet, one can read* (in an article from 1968): … when riots broke out in the Liberty City section during the Republican National Convention, Mr. Headley was criticized for failing to return from his vacation. “They know what to do,” he said of his staff officers. “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.” He remained in the North Carolina mountains.

    * It’s the New York Times, and you won’t be able to access it without a particular kind of subscription/membership for the archives.
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    https://apple.news/Am_u6u3OFSyqI44dl16Py2w

    What Donald Trump’s Minnesota tweet reveals about his moral compass

    Quote: And I’d add that the Miami police chief in question — Walter Headley — also infamously said that “young hoodlums” were taking advantage of civil rights and that he planned to use shotguns and dogs in Miami’s African American areas to bring order.

    So, yeah.

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  7. leigha66 June 2, 2020 / 10:57 pm

    I agree Fandango, she is definitely a winner for the week… there is no way at that age I would have even thought of talking to the officer there is no way I (or she) could have helped to stop it. It is the other officers (and I use that term loosely for these people) who did nothing… you can’t tell me they didn’t notice him pass out. You can’t tell me they were subduing him still after he passed out. If those last nearly 3 minutes had not happened maybe Mr Floyd would still be with us. It just disgusts me!

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    • Fandango June 2, 2020 / 11:37 pm

      It disgusts me, too, and it should disgust everyone who has seen that video.

      Liked by 1 person

      • leigha66 June 3, 2020 / 2:05 am

        I still have not actually watched the entire video… it is too disturbing!

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Marleen July 5, 2020 / 6:04 pm

    https://nypost.com/2020/07/01/child-witness-to-george-floyds-death-turning-experience-into-book/?utm_source=Outbrain&utm_medium=Discovery&utm_campaign=entertainment_content&utm_content=9-year-old+witness+to+George+Floyd’s+death+turning+experience+into+boo&utm_term=Variety+%28Penske+Media+Corporation%29_Variety&dicbo=v1-73603de084bc208ced1241100d6c6fbc-00730586b2348a4d7fc0870204d9d20351-gu4dizrvmiydcljygy2dqljumiytqllcgmzwmllfmiztszbqmu3tezdggy
    … planning to write a children’s book on her experience to help process the ordeal and fight racism.

    Judeah Reynolds’ 17-year-old cousin, Darnella Frazier, filmed the footage of Floyd’s death that has been viewed by millions and sparked nationwide protests against police brutality.

    But Reynolds, who is in fourth grade, saw it firsthand as an eyewitness.

    …..

    “If we didn’t go that day, they would still keep killing us,” she told the NBC affiliate.

    Now Reynolds is planning to inspire change on her own, by writing a children’s book called “My Walk to the Store.” Her project is reportedly inspired by “Cameron Goes to School” — a book on autism by fellow child author Cameron Brundidge that Reynolds read while processing her grief over Floyd’s death.

    Reynolds reportedly realized her project was possible after seeing a girl who looked like her in the book.

    …………

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