As American citizens take to the streets to amplify their voices and their concerns, many of the demonstrations have turned unruly, even violent. There are concerns about outside groups and agitators who are using the opportunity to sow division among Americans, including a staggering number of non-local arrests being made in Minnesota protests.
What this has simmered to is a general feeling of slight anarchy in many major American cities, most notably on Saturday in Los Angeles and Chicago, where things took a turn much earlier in the day than they did yesterday in Atlanta.
The scene is unnerving and worrisome, and our nation’s enemies are taking notice.
Tweets from Hua Chunying, a foreign ministry spokesperson, came as the U.S. struggles with nationwide riots that have erupted in response to George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.
Her “I can’t breathe” attack touched a nerve as both Floyd and Eric Garner — both unarmed black men — uttered that expression moments before they died, while facing what many believe was excessive force by police.
State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortegus had castigated China for the way it treated Hong Kong protesters. “Freedom-loving people around the world must stand with the rule of law and hold to account the Chinese Communist Party, which has flagrantly broken its promises to the people of Hong Kong,” Ortagus said.
And it didn’t stop there.
Iran similarly attacked the U.S., tweeting an altered press release in which the State Department attacked Iran amid ongoing protests in 2018.
“Some don’t think #BlackLivesMatter,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said. “To those of us who do: it is long overdue for the entire world to wage war against racism. Time for a #WorldAgainstRacism.”
This is a profound moment in American history, and we can only hope that the history books will treat it kindly…even if China and Iran do not.
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