Are We Close To the End of Racism?
«Black Lives Matter»: from hashtag to global movement
By Marta Areal
March 10th, 2021
George Floyd is the name of the African American man who changed everyone’s way of thinking. We are one step closer to the end of racism thanks to the world’s reaction to his death.
He was 46 when he was violently and unfairly murdered by a white police officer. Nowadays, his name is known all over the world, together with Rosa Parks or Martin Luther King.
It was May 25th, 2020 when a global movement and hundreds of peaceful protests began. Everything started when a video went viral where a police officer was arresting and choking this man to the point of leaving him without breath and committing murder. What truly happened, according to what the police officer said, is that George Floyd, who used to be a security guard, was trying to buy something at a shop in Minneapolis with a fake $20 bill. When this police officer saw this, he arrested him without hesitating. He was putting his knee on George’s neck, making him unable to breathe properly.
A woman was walking through when she saw what was
happening and started recording the video where you could see this situation, the unjust racism towards George Floyd. You could even hear him multiple times saying “I can’t breathe” and asking for help, until he ended up dying.
After this day, the video went very viral and the hashtag “Black Lives Matter” was created and spread on social media. People started doing memorials in some cities such as Houston, the place where he grew up, or Minneapolis.
His story started to be very known all around the globe and many peaceful protests were made. In these protests, people were only asking for equality and saying ‘’Black Lives Matter’’ on their placards.
Many celebrities attended these protests, some of them are Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Harry Styles and a lot more. These protests are very important if we want to make a change in society and stop discriminating against certain groups or qualities of some people.