May 25, 2020 : A Retrospective of George Floyd’s Death

Did he deserve to die ? I don’t think so — but he surely deserved to spend the rest of his life in prison.

A Black Lives Matter protest in 2020, shortly after George Floyd’s death / © The Atlantic

George Floyd’s murder — Let’s recall the facts

“We’ve come a long way” — A note on racism

Not my hero, not my icon — I do not support George Floyd

Protesters and law enforcement in New York City on the third day of the Black Lives Matter protest after the death of George Floyd / © The New Yorker
The 1963 Civil Rights ‘March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom’ leaders meeting with President John F. Kennedy at the White House on August 28, 1963 / © The Christian Science Monitor

Derek Chauvin — The other moron in this story

Civil Rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr., Whitney Young and James Farmer during a meeting with President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Oval Office of the White House in January 1964 / © Wikipedia

The conclusion — Reflecting on where we are now

Olympic athletes Peter Norman, Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Summer Games in Mexico City, Mexico — the three mark their support for the Black Power cause and the fight against racial discrimination, which is rife in the United States. Smith and Carlos have their fists raised and their heads bowed. / © The New York Times

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Eden Bouvier

An aspiring International Relations & Political Science student, I write about racism, feminism and global politics | My Ko-fi : https://ko-fi.com/edenbouvier