George Floyd died on 25 May 2020 when a former police officer, Derek Chauvin placed his knee above his neck. The incident was highly condemned and criticized all around, and updates about the same are still emerging. According to the latest reports, the policeman ignored all of George Floyd’s plea by stating that it takes more oxygen to breathe. Looking into these reports only suggest the gruesome nature of the crime. So what exactly has changed and will we ever see a difference in the way we treat people of colour? Well, the best way to figure things out is to look into the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.
1. Global Protests
Apart from American, citizens from all around the world came out in solidarity to condemn the killing of George Floyd. Be it London, Tokyo or Auckland; everyone came forward in unity to speak about one message – Black Lives Matter. This was a significant move that highlights the fact that the current generation will not tolerate racist attacks and remarks. To make matters all the more interesting, one should know that there is a portrait of George Floyd on the side of a bombed-out building in Syria.
2. Companies and Organizations
Top companies and organizations from around the world also came forward in solidarity to pledge to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Organizations like Target, Walmart, Home Depot, EA Games also came in with donations in order to support the cry for justice. While all these organizations managed to stand with people, companies like L’Oreal Paris faced a lot of criticism as they dropped Model Munroe Bergdorf for posting about racism.
3. Derek Chauvin’s Latest Charges
Derek Chauvin, the man who placed his knee above George Floyd, is now being charged with murder and manslaughter. Apart from that, three other officers who were involved in the incident have also been charged for aiding and abetting murder. While this comes in as the cry for relief, there are other cases where officers have managed to escape without charges.
4. Changes in Police Departments
When it comes to changes within the police department, Minneapolis city council has come forward to ban actions like chokeholds and neck restraints. Moreover, unannounced police raids have also been eliminated from the picture in Louisville. This was a well-appreciated move that prevents the police force from using inhuman actions and other procedures.
Rapper and singer Kanye West set up a fund to cover the education expenses of George Floyd’s six-year-old daughter. Apart from that, donations also came in for George Floyd’s memorial fund, bailing out protestors and other similar activities. With all this in hand, top members from the silver screen also came in support to uphold the main principle of unity.