Just when you thought that the world couldn't get any worse, you find out something that truly makes you lose faith in humanity. We're still shaking from the horrific acts of terrorism in the USA this weekend, and, now, thanks to the wonders of the internet, we've witnessed a scene that looks like one of the most shameful pages in a history book. But it happened in 2019.
Yesterday, a man posted an image on Twitter that is actually difficult to look at. It showed two Texas mounted police officers walking a black man through the streets of Galveston on a rope - and, yes, the images are even more horrendous than they sound.
It's safe to say that tensions between the black community and the police have been high in recent years.
via: Getty ImagesThe Black Lives Matter movement came as a response to the killing of an unarmed black man by police officers which became almost an epidemic - and was hugely frightening.
But it's really representative of a much larger issue of racism in the USA.
via: Getty ImagesIt seems clear that the difference of experience of day-to-day life between a black and a white citizen of the USA poses a huge ideological and social problem to the country.
And it's likely that this guy is not helping.While Trump denies his prejudice constantly, for many of us, it's hard to avoid noticing that Trump holds some rather problematic views regarding different ethnic minorities.
But, yesterday, the internet witnessed something truly harrowing.
via: ShutterstockThe incident in question took place in Galveston, a beach city in the south of Texas - and a place not known for being particularly liberal-minded.
Galveston is also famous for having mounted police.
via: ShutterstockAnd, this week, two members of the Galveston Police Department were seen on horseback behaving in a manner that seemed hugely archaic - and even more problematic.
The image was shared on Twitter and has truly shaken the internet up.In it, two white mounted police officers walk an arrested black man through the streets of Galveston, attached to them via a rope.
Many believe that the motives behind the move were racist.One Twitter user even pointed out the similarity between the badges of the original Houston Slave Patrol and the current Texas Police Department.
And others pointed out the problematic history of the police in the USA.While they currently are supposed to operate without racial bias, the fact that they have such racist roots is pretty frightening stuff.
One Twitter user shared this terrifying image.
@shaunking @galvestonpd I see no difference https://t.co/BF8vg1no4p— Old Man Smalls (@Old Man Smalls)1565055547.0
Others made this claim.While, generally, participating in racial injustices is frowned upon in the USA, some believe that the police and other authority figures can get away with it far more easily.
Another Twitter user offered more information.The man in the pictures, identified as forty-three-year-old Donald Neely, is said to suffer from mental illness, and a vulnerable person should not have been treated in such an obviously problematic way.
Although not everyone sees this as wrong.
@shaunking @galvestonpd The man was charged with criminal trespass. The closest responders were the mounted police… https://t.co/RoN1U2aXQ1— Paul Donohew (@Paul Donohew)1565083370.0
Another shared these images.
@shaunking @galvestonpd Could it be that mounted officers simply made an arrest and are bringing him in? Happens to… https://t.co/eBIU86QROF— hepbot (@hepbot)1565054545.0
But regardless as to whether or not it's procedure ...It does seem like the police should have known that there's no way that this would have looked good - and they could have stayed and waited with him until a car came.
And one woman took it a step further.She viewed the entire act as symbolic of how the Galveston Police Department feel about black people.
And it seems like the police department agree that it wasn't acceptable.
@Monarchs_Mexico @shaunking @galvestonpd https://t.co/jrxxXkH6Gq— Blue in Texas - (@Blue in Texas -)1565053852.0
One Twitter user also pointed this out.
@shaunking @galvestonpd Galveston was also the last place in the U.S. to free black American slaves.— will (@will)1565055683.0
Another user posted this image.
@shaunking @galvestonpd In contrast https://t.co/Lb8Acjpp51— Gerard (@Gerard)1565056460.0
Many think that the apology is not enough.
@shaunking @galvestonpd This is reprehensible. Fire them. Full. Stop.— Susan Kiddie (@Susan Kiddie)1565053537.0