Since the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, the murder of George Floyd, and the subsequent race riots that summer which plagued cities across America, racial tensions in the nation have been on the rise. These tensions have specifically been heightened when encompassed with members of Law Enforcement. Floyd was murdered by a police officer, Mr. Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty and is serving prison time, having been sentenced to 21 years behind bars. Progressive Democrat politicians, who tend to focus heavily on identity politics and make race a center point of their messaging have seized on the tensions over the last several years. In 2020, Alexandra Ocasio Cortez, the congresswoman representing Queens, New York, called for a “defunding” of the New York City Police Department.
In truth, Democrat politicians and left-wing media outlets aligned with their agenda have made the overall climate far worse than it ever would be had the issue of race not consistently been focused upon. It is safe to say that in the daily interactions of most ordinary American citizens across every region of the country, race is not an issue; people are focused these days on basic things like being able to afford monthly food, grocery and mortgage bills as record inflation grips the nation. The current younger generations of American citizens are among the most diverse ethnically speaking in total statistically, and interracial marriage is also on the rise. These statistics are all clear indicators that while leftist politicians and media members continue to push the issue, racism is on the decline in the nation.
Despite this, in some outlying instances, racism may still be a heightened issue, especially overseas. In the United Kingdom, five retired Metropolitan police officers plead guilty to authoring racist text messages. The United Kingdom, which does not offer free-speech protections to the extent of the United States, face charges for their offensive private messages on the WhatsApp media platform.