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George Floyd & The BLM Campaign

Updated: Jul 3, 2020

The passing of yet another African American man on account of the police set off agitation a week ago. George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, passed away in Minneapolis on Monday subsequent to being cuffed and restrained to the ground by Derek Chauvin, a white cop. Observers caught a video of the officer utilizing his knee to pin Mr. Floyd by his neck. Mr. Floyd is heard over and over saying, "I can't breathe," in the video. Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been accused of third-degree murder, however, lawyer Benjamin Crump disclosed that it was an instance of first-degree murder. By Tuesday, the Minneapolis police had terminated each of the four men engaged in the capture of Mr. Floyd. 

That night, several dissenters overflowed into the Minneapolis avenues. A few demonstrators vandalized police vehicles with spray paint and focused on the area where the four officials had been allocated. In New York City, two police vehicles flooded forward into a horde of demonstrators, some of whom were obstructing the road and pelting the vehicles with trash. The nation is rioting over as conflicts emitted between the police and nonconformists. 

In certain urban communities, the officers seemed to discharge rubber bullets, tear gas, and different shots with next to zero incitement. Dissenters additionally conflicted with the police across Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan, leaving officials and protestors harmed. A few people tossed bottles and trash at officials, who reacted with pepper spray and arrests. In Indianapolis, an individual was murdered and three others harmed after shots were discharged at demonstrators. In Chicago, six individuals were shot and one was killed Saturday night. In Los Angeles, a gathering of demonstrators severed from the walk and obstructed the Route 101 interstate. In any event, five individuals were killed associated with the protest. 

The impact of Floyd’s death is not solely physical. The emotional impact of yet another innocent life lost in the African American community has reached more people than ever thanks to the help of social media. In the words of Mark Mason, CFO of Citibank, in his Citigroup blog post titled “I Can’t Breathe,” George Floyd’s death left the world “with a combination of horror, disgust, and anger.” Mason later describes the deep-rooted nature of racism in America. It has lasting impacts on education, job opportunities, wages, and livelihood as a whole to this day. But even more so, racism against minorities has impacted the “fundamental human and civil rights and dignity and respect that comes with them.” 

In the end, African Americans will keep on pausing, despite the pointlessness of expectation, for a remedy for bigotry. We will live with the information that a hashtag isn't an immunization for racial domination. The remainder of the world longs to return to typical. For African Americans, the ordinary is the very thing from which they long to be free.

Ashley Lu 

Co-founder and Chief Editor

Kaitlyn Thitibordin

Co-founder and Creative Director


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