The Black Lives Matter Movement + Resources

By Luxe Palmer, Co-Editor-In-Chief

Just as the coronavirus swept across the world, leaving hundreds of thousands suffering, another tragedy has struck. Not only has this crisis affected its origin, but the cries of the outraged have been heard and reciprocated worldwide.

On May 25, outside a store in Minneapolis, Minnesota, George Floyd (44) was detained by the police, including officers Derek Chauvin and Thomas Lane, for allegedly using counterfeit currency in the form of a $20 bill to buy cigarettes at said store. The clerk at the shop called the police, simply following protocol. A squad of four officers arrived and proceeded to handcuff Floyd at gunpoint; prosecutors have questioned the need of a gun during the following trials. Floyd did struggle at first but became compliant when informed of the charges. Once the officers tried to force him into the squad car, he “stiffened up, fell to the ground, and told the officers he was claustrophobic,” as told in the official report. This was when Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s neck and kept pressure for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd, clearly being choked, cried the phrase “I can’t breathe,” which became a rallying cry for protests across the world. Six minutes in, Floyd lost consciousness, and they eventually drove him on a gurney to Hennepin County Medical Center. He died an hour later.

This traumatizing story has swept the world with grief, anger, and rebellion. Enraged citizens took to social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter to share petition resources, donation funds, and other means of protesting the unlawful death of George Floyd. The Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM) has been seen on the streets of all fifty states and over fifteen other countries as people both peacefully protest in front of government buildings and incite riots destroying supermarkets and other property. Right here in Denver, CO, the protest on June 3 made headlines as the protesters laid on their stomachs as Floyd did, chanting “I can’t breathe” in front of the Capitol. On Tuesday, June 2, the social media movement “#BlackoutTuesday” saw Instagram and Twitter users, among other media platforms, posting black squares coined with the hashtag to honor Floyd and the BLM movement. Users were encouraged to post only the black square or other BLM resources, such as phone numbers to lawyers and petitions for the imprisonment of Chauvin and the other officers, for the entire day.

After much deliberation and countless but absolutely effective protests, letters, phone calls, and petitions, Chauvin was finally arrested and charged for second-degree murder (intentional, but not premeditated), with the other three officers charged for aiding and abetting the murder.

The death of George Floyd came after another black man, Ahmaud Arbery, was arbitrarily gunned down in Georgia by a former police and his son while on a jog around his neighborhood in February. There was a controversial delay in the arrest of Arbery’s murderers, but they were finally charged in May.

On the night of March 13, police officers raided the apartment of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black emergency room technician, on suspect of drug dealers using her apartment to receive packages. Taylor’s boyfriend shot fire at the police, believing them to be burglars (his charges have been dismissed). The police responded with more gunfire, killing Taylor.

These stories have shed light on the inbred racism in the soils of America, possibly rooting themselves in the government itself. To help push forward the movement for black lives and rights, see the phone numbers and links below.

BLM Resources

Donations:

Petitions:

Other resources:

If you cannot donate, Youtuber Zoe Amira created an hour-long Youtube Video in which all ad revenue goes towards the BLM movement. The video has gotten over eight million views so far, and you can contribute as well by visiting the link below and watching or simply playing the video in the background without skipping ads.

If you have already donated, signed, called, emailed, protested, etc., thank you. If you have not done so already, please visit the links above or find a way to support the Black Lives Matter movement as much as you can.