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Thursday, 4 June 2020

George Floyd Murder Sparks Global BLM Movement; Anti-racism protests spread across the US and Europe

George Floyd Murder Sparks Global BLM Movement

George Floyd’s death at the hands of Derek Chauvin marks another example of police brutality against the black community over the years. Thousands of people across the globe have organized protests and memorials to pay homage to George Floyd and fight for justice. Multiple brands and celebrities have pledged their support to combat racism in the US.

Derek Chauvin, the ex-police officer, has been charged of second-degree murder and the three other policemen involved in the crime have been charged of aiding and abetting murder. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump failed to address the protestors and subdue the riots; his inadequate response only causing further upheaval.

THE BLM MOVEMENT MAKES WAVES WORLDWIDE

 In the wake of George Floyd's killing, anti-racism protests spread across the US and Europe.

Black lives matter - BLM


PROTESTS AGAINST SYSTEMIC RACISM 


The killing of George Floyd has reverberated worldwide, sparking protests in the US with an objective to end the 'systemic racism' that is deep- rooted in modern political systems. 

Floyd's death is analogous to the 'unwarranted police shootings' of Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, revealing a history of police violence against the black community. 

His killing at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, caught on camera by a bystander, brought to light a common occurrence in the United States.

ALL FIFTY AMERICAN STATES SHOW SOLIDARITY 


The protests garnered attention from citizens of all 50 states in the US, standing together in solidarity against racism; the rallies and protests took place across the 50 states and in at least 430 cities.

GLOBAL SUPPORT FOR THE MOVEMENT 


The American incident resonated with people across the world, victims of oppression at the hands of those who are meant to protect them the government of their country. 

In a show of solidarity, and to stand against these injustices in their countries, the citizens of Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, the UK, France, and more countries across Europe and the Middle East, took to the streets. 

Tens of millions from across the world took to social media with #BlackOutTuesday to show their stance against racism.

GLOBAL BRANDS JOIN THE CAUSE 


The show of support extended beyond citizens, celebrities and political figures; global corporations have also taken a stand against systemic oppression. 

Nike launched its 'Don't Do It' campaign against racism, while Twitter turned its logo black their support. 

Lego pledged over $4 mn to organizations supporting black children, asking retailers to stop promoting police-related Lego sets; Netflix, Reebok, Gucci, Sony, Ben & Jerry's, and several other companies supported the cause.

A LIGHT AMIDST THE DARKNESS 


As of 3rd June, Derek Chauvin, the ex-police officer who was previously charged with third-degree murder for the killing of Floyd, would now be charged with second-degree murder. 

The maximum punishment is over 15 years longer than the former, with third-degree being a murder without 'intent - it was previously unclear how nine minutes of blocking a windpipe did not show intent. 

The three officers who accompanied Chauvin are facing charges of 'aiding and abetting murder'.

Black lives matter - BLM


THE UNFORTUNATE CHAOS IN THE PROTESTS 


While yesterday's news is certainly a positive, not all has been uplifting at the hands of both the authorities and protestors. 

The peaceful protests turned to vandalism and rioting in several cities, with police vehicles and property being gravely damages; opportunists, too, in the name of 'frustration' looted several stores. 

Moreover, the authorities' 'strict' response with the use of teargas and rubber bullets indicated use of excessive force at several protest sites.

INADEQUATE RESPONSE BY THE 'PRESIDENT' 


Donald Trump failed to adequately address a social uprising by the people; moreover, his statements do little to try and pacify the ensuing chaos. 

He has been criticized for abusing his executive authority and using excessive force to treat citizens who are asking for equality. 

While there is no condoning the actions of those breaking the law, this time calls for the President's active role in working with his citizens, not hiding in his underground bunker.

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