The Killing of George Floyd - Roshni Sen
Hey readers, It’s Roshni Sen Co-head, Journalist, and Artist. It seems like the coronavirus isn’t the only problem right now. Racism has taken a great toll in America lately. Many innocent black lives were taken for false accusations. On May 25, 2020, a black Minnesota man, George Floyd, was killed after a white police officer suffocated him while a group of officers looked on. Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after pleading for help as a police officer used his knee on Floyd's neck to pin him; unarmed and handcuffed; to the ground. He pleaded with the officer 15 times to release him because he couldn't breathe until he lost consciousness and sadly passed away. His death sparked outrage and protests across the country, demonstrations that continued Thursday. In Minneapolis, hundreds of people gathered outside the police departments Third Precinct. Some protesters brought signs and some threw rocks. A temporary fence in front of the station was knocked over. Police responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and bean bags fired at rock throwers. Floyd, like so many black people who have come before him, was stopped by the police while driving and would not make it home that night. St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, whose city next to Minneapolis suffered extensive damage in Thursday night's unrest, said Friday that "rage is understandable" in the wake of George Floyd's death, but it is getting expressed in a "destructive way." Breonna, Ahmad, and Goerge are just a few examples of racist assaults. It's illegal to treat people differently because of their race or culture. Skin colour is not a label, nor is culture or beliefs. We are all humans made from the same flesh and blood. So please spread awareness.