Madonna Receives Backlash After Posting Video of Her Son as George Floyd Tribute | 22 Words

On Monday, the tragic news came in that yet another black man has died after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, causing him to suffocate to death.

As tributes flood in, Madonna has been receiving backlash for hers. Keep scrolling to see for yourself...


Things have taken a turn for the worst in the past few days...

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People are hurt, angry, and devastated at the outcome of a police officer's fatal actions on a black man in Minneapolis.

Police brutality is one of society's most lethal issues.

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About 1 in 1,000 black men and boys in America can expect to die at the hands of police, according to a new analysis of deaths involving law enforcement officers.

It's a harsh reality...

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"That 1-in-1,000 number struck us as quite high," said study leader Frank Edwards, a sociologist at Rutgers University. "That’s better odds of being killed by police than you have of winning a lot of scratch-off lottery games."

This makes black people twice as likely to die at the hands of a police officer than white people...

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And nothing much has been done in the last few years, despite these harrowing statistics.

It has been predicted that around 1 in 65 deaths will be a black person at the hands of the police.

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"This epidemic is disproportionately affecting black people," said Brittany Packnett, an activist and member of the White House task force on policing. "We are wasting so many promising young lives by continuing to allow this to happen."

The police are more likely to use racial profiling from criminal records...

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And this is why black people are more likely to be randomly handcuffed, searched, and detained than white people.

This is not okay.

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Yet nothing seems to be getting done about this imminent problem in our country.

Growing up in America as a black person isnot easy...

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And sadly, things just seem to be getting worse, even during lockdown.

The tragic death of Ahmaud Arbery has made headlines in the last few weeks.

Arbery was shot dead by police in Brunswick back in February while he was jogging through the Satilla Shores neighborhood.

Cellphone footage showing the moment he was shot has prompted national outrage since it surfaced online...

The twenty-eight-second video shows Arbery jogging around a neighborhood on a sunny afternoon in late February. The footage ends with 2 loud gunshots.

After the video circulated on social media...

A large crowd of protesters marched through the area where Arbery was killed and people have been demanding justice.

The pressure has been mounting on the police force to take action against the officers responsible for Arbery's death...

And even though the case is currently being investigated, attitudes clearly aren't changing.

Yetanother tragic incident occurred in our country this week involving a black man and 2 white police officers.

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It happened in Minneapolis on Monday, and passersby filmed 2 police officers "arresting" a black man for an assumed drug-related incident.

Police found the man, who is believed to be in his forties, matching a suspect's description in his car.

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When he supposedly "resisted arrest", one of the officers got him on the ground and pinned him there by pressing their knee into his neck.

This position is clearly very painful for the man who was identified as George Floyd.

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"Please, please, I can't breathe," he can be heard begging as the officers remain standing.

In the disturbing video, the man's nose begins to bleed...

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"My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts," he moans as passers-by begin to gather and repeatedly tell the officer to stop leaning on him.

Multiple witnesses are arguing with the officers when the man starts to lose consciousness...

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"He's not f****** moving!" one witness shouts as another says, "Get the f*** off him, he isn't moving!" One of the officers responds with, "This is why you don't do drugs, kids."

After around 4 minutes of the officer kneeling on him, the man is completely unresponsive.

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An ambulance arrives and the paramedics check his pulse and move his body onto a stretcher - he was later pronounced dead in the hospital.

Meanwhile, the 2 police officers have shown absolutely no emotion, regret, or urgency.

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Which has caused global outrage.

The officers involved have been put on paid administrative leave, per department protocol.

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Two other members of the Minneapolis Police Department who were involved in Monday's incident have also been fired, and the FBI has launched an investigation into the George Floyd's death.

Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey addressed the incident in a press conference on Tuesday morning, referring to events in the video as "wrong at every level."

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"Being black in America should not be a death sentence. For 5 minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man. For 5 minutes," he said. "When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense. What happened on Chicago and 38th, this last night, is simply awful."

It has been yet another restless night for those in the state.

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With the permission of the mayor, who allowed them to go out, thousands upon thousands of protesters took to the streets to express their hurt and their anger at the injustice that had taken place less than forty-eight hours ago.

As they took to the streets, police in riot gear pelted them with rubber bullets and tear gas.

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In their hands, they had signs that read "I can't breathe," and "justice for George Floyd." When the police started attacking them, they ran for cover or doused their faces in milk to prevent the horrible after-effects of coming into contact with tear gas.

The protest took an ugly turn when both sides started hurling things at each other.

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As the protest continued into the night, the peaceful protest started getting more and more intense with gas canisters and more bullets being used frivolously.

Footage taken during the protest revealed some pretty disturbing sights.

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At one point, some protesters sit on the ground, while officers throw smoke bombs, tear gas, and flash grenades into the crowds, injuring many.

The photographs have been just as harrowing.

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It seems as though the police in the area still don't understand that people are hurt. They're hurting, just like George Floyd's family, who demand that the officers involved get put on trial.

But as people get more and more restless, it seems as if a small minority of the protestors have turned to other methods.

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In order to grab the attention of authorities, some of the people protesting George Floyd's murder have resorted to looting a Target store.

The store was closest to where George Floyd was murdered.

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In footage released by 6ABC Philadelphia, there is evidence that some protestors can be seen stealing goods from the store including groceries and clothes.

This is not the answer.

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Unfortunately, actions such as these will only distract from the respect George Floyd deserves. It is not a good idea to tarnish his legacy with a few minutes of criminal activity.

Here's the footage:

This does not take away from what the police have done to an innocent black man. It's 2020, yet lukewarm acceptance of black folks means more deaths at the hands of the state. Black lives do matter.

Tributes for George have been flooding in.

And Madonna was among the famous faces paying tribute.

But her tribute has faced immense backlash...

The singer shared a video of her son David Banda dancing to Michael Jackson's "They Don't Care About Us," but it wasn't well received.

It was clear that the moment meant something to David.

But it was the pair's choice of dance that fell flat with many people online, with some even going as far as to suggest Madonna forced her son into making the video.

Many also raised the point that Madonna's son is a child of privilege.

And that they don't feel that Madonna's son, even though he is a young black man,  can truly understand the experience of being black in America.

Others simply raised the point that what she's done isn't enough.

There was no holding back.

Watch the full video below:

Regardless of whether you think Madonna's video was in poor taste, we must all try and focus on getting justice for George Floyd.