Sadness, and anger. These are the first emotions experienced by Jean Pascal when he saw the disturbing images of the arrest that led to the death of George Floyd.
“It is a very difficult situation for the police, the demonstrators, but also for the black people, said the world champion, WBA light heavyweight, during a telephone interview.
“What happened to George Floyd, this is really terrible. It is murder live. In 2020, it is unacceptable to see this.
“It recalls the time when the KKK [Ku Klux Klan] lynchait Blacks live. They were pulling with their truck or their horses. “
The other side of the medal
Former student in police techniques in college, Pascal can also talk about the other side of the coin.
“What we’ve seen, this is not a technique that is taught at the police school, is to put a knee on the neck of the offender, especially for nine minutes,” explained the fighter of 37 years.
“In addition, we see other police officers who are witnesses of the scene and do nothing. The victim was not dangerous. It is a 40 year old man who pleads with his mother. The police officer has never flinch. This is not a murder in the third degree, but in the first degree. “
During its first viewing, Pascal had no idea that the images that he would see the would trouble the same.
“I was saddened and very shocked. If I had been to a few not in the scene, I would be possibly reached, despite the fact that I could find myself in trouble. At a minimum, I would have pushed the policeman so that he removes his knee from the back of the neck of the victim. I would have been in trouble with the law, but I would have been able to save the life of this gentleman. “
Racism in hockey
In Quebec, the racism is less tolerated, but it is still present, according to the fighter.
“There has been an evolution, but it is minimal, said Pascal. When I was young, I was a victim of racism when I played in the hockey elite.
“You treated me negro and I was told that I had to go back to my country. These are the events that have shaped my character. Racism, it is fear of the difference. “
It has also experienced an event when he started dating girls.
“They were telling me that they thought I was beautiful and they liked me. However, several told me that their parents did not want that they come out with a Black. As if I was a different species or a disease. I had a lot marked. “
Education, the solution
How to stop this scourge, which has lasted for decades ?
“We have manifested and been intoxicated for years. It has changed nothing. I believe that the solution starts with the education of the children.
“It is with education that we can change the mentality of the people. It is necessary to educate them to respect differences. At the end of the day, we are one race, the human race.
“It is important for us to unite. We are a single nation and a single race. “