George Floyd a Victim of American Injustice

  • The major injustice to George Floyd is the lack of proper education in Public Schools.
  • Amongst Blacks who attend private religious schools there is less crime.
  • Trump and Cuomo, Republican and Democrat, stress the importance of Bible education.

The American Constitution begins We the people of the United States in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our prosperity, do ordain and establish this constitution for the United State of America.

Minneapolis riots disruption of domestic tranquility a goal for America written in the constitution.

From the brutal killing of George Floyd is evident that America has not yet fulfilled the goals of its constitution to form a more perfect union than was formed in the past. Of the goals written in the American Constitution is to establish justice, and domestic tranquility. Domestic tranquility has been trampled on. Protests throughout the country are demanding justice. These protests have become sometimes violent which have for sure disrupted domestic tranquility. Justice has been stepped on which has caused the disruption of domestic tranquility.

The nation was doing very well under the leadership of President Trump. Unemployment for all Americans was at its low. Throughout 2016 President Trump declared that he could easily lower unemployment, boost economic growth, and smooth the way to reduce taxes and pay down debt. The President boasted “Our economy is the envy of the world. Perhaps the greatest economy that we have had in the history of America.” Stock market soared. Unemployment was at its lowest for half a century. He boasted seven million more Americans are now on the employment roll. Real wages increased. Household income has been growing. All the dreams of President Trump for America have been delayed by the lack of justice and interference of domestic tranquility by Corona virus Pandemic and the brutal death of George Floyd.

Rabbi Nachman of Breslov a famous Chassidic master who lived about 200 years ago said, “If you believe that it is possible to destroy, believe that it is also possible to correct. America can correct the injustice which was done to George Floyd and other black Americans.

The injustice to George Floyd was not only done by the policeman who stepped on his neck. The injustice to George Floyd and to other minority Americans has come as a result of lack of proper education. American offers freedom and also free Public School education. There is something missing in the education of Americans. The lack of education has created drug problems. The lack of education has created disease. The lack of education has created crime.

The autopsy of George Floyd has revealed that he had been tested positive for Corona in April and that in his blood were amphetamines and the powerful opioid fentanyl. The police were called to investigate him by a grocery store which claimed that he gave them a counterfeit $20 bill. He has a family but is not living with them, a broken family. He grew up in Houston Texas, which he considered his home, but he was born in North Carolina. He moved to Texas at the age of 6 years old. He towered over his friends being 6 foot 6, and played in High School football as a tight end and a basketball player. He tried college at South Florida Community College but returned home to Houston before graduating.

The injustice to George Floyd was not only done by the policemen who arrested him. The injustice to George Floyd and to other Americans begins in elementary school.

Floyd had several brushes with the law beginning with a 1997 drug charge in Houston. He was convicted in 2007 for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon for a five year prison sentence. He moved to Minneapolis in 2014 with the hope of starting a new life.  He tried a few jobs the last job as a bouncer at Latin club. Due to the Pandemic he was out of work at the time of his death.

The injustice of George Floyd and other minority Americans begins in elementary school. The curriculum of the Department of Education in Elementary Public schools is not emphasizing morality and giving their children purpose.  It is not teaching these children the importance of family. Blacks have no heritage unless we go back to King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneeron took an interest in the black community in Crown Heights Brooklyn where is the location of the central Lubavitch Chassidic movement. Coming from Jewish heritage which stressed education of children, he tried the best in his life to influence the American education system to add to their curriculum the teachings of morality and Biblical history. Because in America Church and State are separate, there is lacking the proper vehicle to introduce the teachings which are stressed in religious private schools concerning modesty, non-violence, and family purity.

America offers free public school education, but the education is lacking justice. Justice means teaching strictly right and wrong, good and evil and their separation together with the importance of freedom and democracy. Instead separation of church and state has become an excuse to ignore important moral values which were stressed in religion.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe encouraged initiation of a moment of silence and prayer in the school system. He also encouraged the teaching of theology including Jewish Studies as a philosophy for Junior High Schools and High School students. He encouraged the teaching of the Universal Law of God called the Seven Laws of the children of Noah and Adam. The United States Congress established Education and Sharing Day in honor of the Rebbe on his birthday in 1978.

The opportunity to improve justice in America begins in elementary school through emphasizing the meaning of justice. Instead in America is emphasized more the meaning of freedom and liberty which without justice leads to a destruction of domestic tranquility which is a goal for America. Public Schools cannot teach religion as associated with one of the major churches Judaism, Christianity and Islam. But they can teach interfaith connection with religion. Interfaith unites America and is the meaning of freedom of religion. Interfaith can also be called the Universal faith. The concept of the Universal faith was introduced in the times of the Ottoman Empire which became to be known as Baha’i faith.

Baha”i faith is similar to Yoga without its connection to Hinduism. Teaching Yoga in the Public Schools in conjunction with Universal law of God connected to the Ten Commandment “not to kill” not to steal” and the importance of morality can correct the injustice of the killing of George Floyd. It may take time to heal but the opportunity is there. America can give more help to private religious schools. Governor Cuomo of New York in one of his last speeches quoted from the Bible which shows the importance of Bible education.

The Bible is a history book. The Bible is a guide for children how to be united with new democratic values without disruption of domestic tranquility. President Trump in the middle of the chaos in Washington made a special visit to an old church near the White House. He held up the Bible to show Americans that the study of the Bible is not against democracy. Cuomo is a Democrat. Trump is a Republican. The Bible is republican and democrat when it is taught properly.

The killing of George Floyd shows that the correction of domestic chaos and the way to domestic tranquility cannot come through force but through proper education. The changes should be made in Public Schools and through more government help for private school education.

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David Wexelman

Rabbi David Wexelman is the  author of five books on the topics of World Unity and Peace, and Progressive Jewish Spirituality. Rabbi Wexelman is a member of the American Friends of Maccabee, a charitable organization helping the poor in the United States and in Israel.  Donations are tax deductible in the USA.

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