George Floyd Was No Hero
“You Changed the World, George” proclaimed a huge sign painted on the side of a building in Minneapolis this week. Implicit in the sign is the message that George Floyd was a hero. George Floyd was not a hero. He was a victim.
But, there are some heroes in this story. One is Darnella Frazier, the 17-year-old girl who used her iPhone 11 to film the murder scene as Dereck Chauvid’s knee took the life out of George Floyd. For 9+ minutes.
Imagine the exact same situation – with all the eyewitnesses but without video. Any possibility of a guilty verdict? Absolutely not.
Let’s go back to 1983. Steve Jobs is trying to recruit John Sculley, CEO of Pepsi, to come to Apple. He asks Sculley, “Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugar water, or do you want to change the world?” That question reflects Jobs’ take-no-prisoners vision. Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007. By 2009 the iPhone came with video.
Now imagine 2009 – 2021 without smart phone video. Witnesses would complain,
“…but he was unarmed.”
“He was not resisting arrest.”
” When he was shot he had his hands up.”
In all cases, police testimony would override eyewitness accounts. There would be no movement for police reform, probably no BLM – here, and around the world.
Apple, you have changed the world.
Did Steve Jobs do all this? No. Apple hired some of the best engineers in the world. They did it. Jobs created the vision, and used bullying techniques to get the best work out of his technical staffs. If we are to believe the stories, Jobs could be a real son-of-a-bitch to work for. But… he got results.
The heroes who can take credit for the emerging new policing techniques are the nameless, faceless high IQ nerds who work in Apple’s R&D departments. Jobs hired them and forced them to do their best work. He then brought these amazing devices to market and sold them to heroes like Darnella Frazier who risked her life on a street corner in Minneapolis.
Indeed, our world has been changed…for the better.