As outrage grew over the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis police, it led to massive protests across the US. At times turning violent, with clashes between law enforcement and protesters “Black lives matter”. George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was pinned to the ground by a white police officer. As video shows, policeman put his knee on Floyd’s neck for at least eight minutes. After than Floyd died telling the officer “I can’t breathe.”
I joined protesters which marched to protest this injustice and express their outrage at police brutality towards the black community. The ”Black Lives Matter”.
March was largely peaceful, with protesters holding signs and chanting “I can’t breathe” and “No justice, no peace!”. The peaceful march was marred by a group of thugs. They used the opportunity to break into luxury stores and steal merchandise.
The march taught me that it’s important for us to have conversations with our friends and family about racism and the systems of oppression. It was important for me to stand in NYC with my friends in the fight against racism, injustice and inequality.
On Tuesday I also participated in #BlackoutTuesday. Everyone only posted a black square on their Instagram accounts in order to mute self-promotional and commercial content. It allowed everyone time off from Social Media in order to listen, learn and educate ourself about the social injustice. Reform can only come through our commitment to cultivate equal opportunities for everyone, as well as listening and educating ourselves.
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