Was George Floyd a hero?

There’s much debate around that question because people tend to define words based on their own experiences, outlook and perceptions.

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Cliff Chatlosh

Nice article only defund means one thing and redistribute means something else.

Bailey Jones

America was founded by protesters. They are our heroes - then, now, and forever.

Carlos Ponce

The CSA was founded by protesters. Are they your heroes - then, now, and forever?

Stuart Crouch

I believe that once your "protesters" seceded, they were no longer protesters, rather they intentionally and knowingly elected to become an enemy of the United States. One would typically protest when held under the same rules as the alleged oppressor. Once you form your own country, you ain't protestin'; you fightin'.

Carlos Ponce

Speaking of Bailey's "protestors, if you know your history, some continued protesting.

"they intentionally and knowingly elected to become an enemy of the United States" and were PARDONED.

Diane Turski

Thank you for a clear and thoughtful article! I agree that words do matter and should be chosen carefully to clearly explain what is meant by the concept being discussed. I believe that "reimagine" is a better choice than "defund" regarding transforming public safety.

Carlos Ponce

Then convince them to stop saying "defund" if that's not what they mean. When I hear the word "defund" it is logical to assume that's their intent.

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Margaret Gardner

Thank you, Diane. "Reimagine" is a great and much more precise word than "defund."

Ray Taft

“We don’t need semantics to make a bad situation even worse.”

Understand this. The media covers for Democrats. They don’t cover what Democrats do. So the ‘semantics’ they don’t need is placing responsibility where it belongs.

Democrats are responsible for the protests and riots, for the police brutality by poorly trained police, for the lack of protection for people and property, for the violence and anarchy (especially CHAD in Seattle) on their Democrat-run city streets.

So the real key to solving things is to get it right as to where the fault belongs. And it belongs to Democrats and their policies that don’t solve problems as their empty election-time rhetoric claims they will. They only talk a good game, as the media covers for them, to get themselves re-elected and nothing changes.

Democrats and their media allies are holding back real progress - time to move-on from them.

Jim Forsythe

I guess that means you will be voting for Biden!

Instead of all Democrats are the reason everything that is wrong, try posting what is right because of Republicans.

Ray Taft

Vote for Biden! 😂🤣😂🤣

And all anyone needs to know is that all the current commotion in motion, in Democrat run cities, is all owned by the all talk, but do-nothing Democrats.

Jim Forsythe

Try posting what is right because of Republicans.

Wayne D Holt

It takes courage to speak honestly and openly about these issues and I applaud anyone who doesn't just go with the narratives defined by either left or right. It's interesting to note so-called primitive societies often have a better understanding of how powerful words are in shaping beliefs, customs and mores of their tribes or societies. We are immersed in word play in our society but seem to be oblivious to how it is recasting our perspective each moment of our lives.

I totally agree we can do a lot better in thinking about what words mean and choosing them based on their adherence to reality and not because it has been trafficked as a slogan for someone to shout.

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