Racism is suffocating us

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This week has been marked by numerous demonstrations, both in the US and across the globe, in protest at police violence following the killing of George Floyd, the 46-year-old Afro-American who was suffocated to death by an officer in Minneapolis. In this op-ed article, Mediapart publishing editor Edwy Plenel argues why, when the police is gangrened by racism, it is because the powers in place, a ruling class and its elites, hold a silent hate of democracy, the people and equality – and that this applies as much to France as it does to the United States.

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“I can’t breathe.” The words have become a rallying cry amid the massive and spontaneous demonstrations taking place against police violence, a violence in which the principal victims, in daily life, are people who are racialised.