Your skin colour should never be a death sentence

Our readers have their say about George Floyd, wearing masks in public, essential items, and art

A person holds up a placard that reads, 'Black lives matter' during a protest in the city of Detroit, Michigan, on May 29, 2020, during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white policeman knelt on his neck for several minutes.    Violent protests erupted across the United States late on May 29, over the death of a handcuffed black man in police custody, with murder charges laid against the arresting Minneapolis officer failing to quell boiling anger. / AFP / SETH HERALD
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I write to you in reference to your article Minneapolis police officer who knelt on handcuffed George Floyd charged with murder (May 29). This news item was a difficult read. It is unacceptable for a man to die in custody. The police should protect the people, not threaten their lives. The US often falls prey to shooting rampages due to their gun culture. Paired with institutional racism against certain communities, the combo can only be disastrous. Justice must be served for those who have taken Floyd's life.

K Ragavan, Bengaluru

What should really be considered essential during lockdown?

Please refer to the article Global economy slowly comes out of coronavirus-enforced hibernation (May 28).  During the lockdowns that have been imposed across the world, governments have made attempts to ensure that essential products are available for consumers. In most countries these necessities include foodstuff and hygiene products. Nevertheless, I believe that the definition of the term "essential items" needs to be reviewed. In some cultures, alcohol is seen as an essential item. For instance, in New York, wine shops were permitted to remain open during the lockdown. And when lockdown goes on for six to eight weeks, services such as plumbing and electrical work become necessary to keep our homes in working order.

I think it is important that the definition of essential items is revised as lockdowns become increasingly longer.

Rajendra Aneja, Mumbai

Wear a mask, it is the least you can do to protect yourself and others

The UAE leadership has gone to great lengths to keep us safe during this pandemic. We are constantly updated on the protocols put in place for our safety. Should someone catch Covid-19, they are looked after in hospital for free.  
No other country been so generous to its citizens and residents, in addition to donating vital medical aid to less fortunate countries. 
Therefore I find it deeply disrespectful that some people cannot follow simple rules, such as wearing a mask when outside the home.   Over the past week I have come across many people exercising along the Eastern Mangroves, in Abu Dhabi, without a mask.
I urge the people of the UAE to show respect for the leadership and the medical community that are working tirelessly to protect us. Please spread the word and have the courage to challenge those who act recklessly.
Carina Oxley, Abu Dhabi