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George Floyd: A looking glass mirror

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Following Mr. Floyd’s brutal murder at the hands of the Minneapolis police department President Erdoğan shared this comment on May 29: “The racist and fascist approach that led to the death of George Floyd in the U.S. city of Minneapolis as a result of torture has not only deeply saddened all of us, but it has also become one of the most painful manifestations of the unjust order we stand against across the world.” Now “that’s a tall order” one would rather be inclined to say, if one does not exclaim “well, you do have some nerve indeed, sir…” right away.

True, President Erdoğan’s playbook is similar to those of the likes of Roger Stone and Steve Bannon –rhetorically speaking: No holds barred, take no prisoners, shoot first ask questions later, attack, attack, attack… Does it work? It does, judging by the outcome of the elections since 2002. Yet, Republic of Turkey’s history did not start with AKP’s coming to power in 2002 and, for that matter, these lands’ history does not start with the republic itself either. We have too many skeletons hidden in our wardrobes and we are not good at confronting the reality. We are also vague in adapting and in a way translating universal concepts as well.

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