Former Strikeforce Champion Jake Shields, who took the Middleweight Championship in 2009 by defeating Jason Miller, jumped in on the controversy over recently suspended NASCAR driver Noah Gragson with both feet – posting another George Floyd related meme depicting a statue of the deceased man holding a gun at the belly of a pregnant woman.
“Don’t like this meme or you might get fired,” posted Shields.
The caption of the meme read, “If you’re going to make a monument, make it accurate.”
The depiction of Floyd is meant to remind people of his history of criminal acts, one of the most notable being the armed robbery of a pregnant woman during a home invasion he participated in with several others. Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murder for the incident that caused Floyd’s death.
The motivation behind Shields’ post is what happened to NASCAR driver Noah Gragson, who was suspended from both the Legacy Motor Club and NASCAR for ‘liking’ a George Floyd meme.
It is worth nothing that Gragson didn’t comment or remark regarding the meme, he simply saw it on Twitter and pressed the ‘like’ button, which was enough to essentially put his career to a halt and turn him into an immediate social pariah.
“George Floyd was a scumbag drug addict who beat and robbed a pregnant woman,” Shields posted to Twitter shortly before posting his own meme of Floyd.
“It should not be controversial to mock, ridicule and laugh at him.”
Floyd’s death sparked a year’s worth of rioting (Hello, Black Lives Matter and Antifa), making an already tumultuous time in recent history even deadlier amidst the government lockdowns and Coronavirus pandemic of 2020. Statues and murals of Floyd have been put up by activists throughout the country, making a martyr of him and the representation of police violence in America.
According to the Foundation for Economic Education in September of 2020:
Dozens of people were killed or injured in the violent unrest, and thousands of businesses and properties, many minority-owned, were looted, torched, or otherwise vandalized. Only now are we beginning to realize the full cost of the destruction. New reporting from Axios reveals that the total insured property losses incurred during the George Floyd riots will come in at $1 billion to $2 billion.
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