Think it’s just a few people on marches holding placards and hoping to be heard.
The last fortnight of protests are making history as we speak, creating a ripple of change that will break down longstanding issues of race, inequality and police brutality.
A Facebook post listing the incredible shifts taking place across the globe is now being shared online, with social networkers encouraged to copy and paste the information.
The post opens with ‘So, what exactly has protesting accomplished?’ before starting with ‘Minneapolis bans use of choke holds’.
This refers specifically to how George Floyd died, after ex-police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while under arrest following a non-violent crime of paying a shop clerk with a false $20 bill – with the whole tragedy caught on camera.
The second significant change states: ‘George Floyd’s murderer was originally charged with 3rd degree murder. He is now being charged with 2nd degree murder.’ Third-degree murder is the unlawful killing of another human being, without intent. Whereas second-degree murder is with intent, although without premeditation.
This list continues with, ‘The other three officers who stood on scene and did NOTHING to help Floyd are being charged with aiding and abetting 2nd degree murder.’ The cops involved have been named as Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao.
Meanwhile, the protests have also seen Breonna Taylor’s case reopened. Taylor was fatally shot in March this year after Louisville Metro Police Department officers forced entry into her apartment under the authority of a search warrant for illegal substances.
This has triggered the mayor of Louisville, Kentucky to order an independent review of the entire city’s police department.
Other cities to follow suit include Dallas, Texas who are adopting a ‘duty to intervene’ rule that requires officers to stop other cops who are engaging in inappropriate use of force.
Over in New Jersey, the attorney general has said the state will update its use-of-force guidelines for the first time in two decades.
In Maryland, state lawmakers announced a police reform work group. And a seminar in December for Kansas City cops that trains to kill without hesitation has been cancelled.
Across the USA, police brutality captured on cameras has led to suspensions and firings of officers in several cities, including Buffalo, New York and Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Just as the UK saw people in Bristol topple the statue of slave trader Edward Colston last weekend, monuments celebrating confederates have also been removed in Virginia, Alabama, and other states across the Atlantic.
The demonstrations saw James Miller resign from his role on the Defence Advisory Board at the Pentagon, in response to the Secretary of Defence’s support of clearing out White House protestors with tear gas so Donald Trump could take a publicity photo.
Similarly, Defence Secretary Mark Esper has said he will oppose President Trump’s threats to deploy federal troops to stop protestors across America.
And touchingly, the street in front of the White House has been renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza.
The post also credits the movement with igniting a worldwide discussion on race and privilege, the role of policing, and uniting cities.
It states: “There has been a shift, an awakening… many of you are being exposed for who you really are #readthatagain.
“Don’t wake up tomorrow on the wrong side of this issue. It’s not too late to say, ‘Maybe I need to look at this from a different perspective’, ‘Maybe I don’t know what it’s like to be black in America’, ‘Maybe, just maybe, I have been taught wrong.’
“There is still so much work to be done. It’s been a really dark, raw week. This could still end badly. But all we can do is keep doing the work. Keep protesting.”
The powerful statement also explains why ‘black lives matter’ does not undermine ‘all lives matter’, but you cannot have the latter without the former.
The post concludes: “Do all lives matter? Yes. But right now, only black lives are being targeted, jailed, and killed en masse – so that’s who we’re focusing on.”
To share the post, you can copy and paste it in its entirety below.
So what exactly has protesting accomplished?
Within 10 days of sustained protests:
👉🏾Minneapolis bans use of choke holds.
👉🏾George Floyd’s murderer was originally charged with 3rd degree murder. He is now being charged with 2nd degree murder.
👉🏾The other three officers who stood on scene and did NOTHING to help Floyd are being charged with aiding and abetting 2nd degree murder.
👉🏾Breonna Taylor’s Case has been reopened.
👉🏾Louisville, KY’s mayor is ordering an outside review of the entire city police department.
👉🏾Dallas adopts a “duty to intervene” rule that requires officers to stop other cops who are engaging in inappropriate use of force.
👉🏾New Jersey’s attorney general said the state will update its use-of-force guidelines for the first time in two decades.
👉🏾In Maryland, a bipartisan work group of state lawmakers announced a police reform work group.
👉🏾A seminar scheduled in December for KC police that trains cops to kill without hesitation was cancelled.
👉🏾Los Angeles City Council introduces motion to reduce LAPD’s $1.8 billion operating budget.
👉🏾MBTA in Boston agrees to stop using public buses to transport police officers to protests.
👉🏾Police brutality captured on cameras leads to near-immediate suspensions and firings of officers in several cities (i.e., Buffalo, Ft. Lauderdale).
👉🏾Monuments celebrating confederates are removed in cities in Virginia, Alabama, and other states.
👉🏾James Miller resigned from his role in the Defense Asvisory Board at the Pentagon in response to the Secretary of Defense’s support of LEOs clearing out White House protestors with tear gas so Trump could take a publicity photo.
👉🏾Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he will oppose Trump’s threats to deploy federal troops to stop protestors across the US.
👉🏾Street in front of the White House is renamed “Black Lives Matter Plaza.”
Military forces begin to withdraw from D.C.
Then, there’s all the other stuff that’s hard to measure:
💓The really difficult public and private conversations that are happening about race and privilege.
💓The realizations some white people are coming to about racism and the role of policing in this country.
💓The internal battles exploding within organizations over issues that have been simmering or ignored for a long time. Some organizations will end as a result, others will be forever changed or replaced with something stronger and fairer.
🌎 Protests against racial inequality sparked by the police killing of George Floyd are taking place all over the world.
🌎 Rallies and memorials have been held in cities across Europe, as well as in Mexico, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and New Zealand.
🌎 As the US contends with its second week of protests, issues of racism, police brutality, and oppression have been brought to light across the globe.
🌎 People all over the world understand that their own fights for human rights, for equality and fairness, will become so much more difficult to win if we are going to lose America as the place where ‘I have a dream’ is a real and universal political program,” Wolfgang Ischinger, a former German ambassador to the US, told the New Yorker.
🌎 In France, protesters marched holding signs that said “I can’t breathe” to signify both the words of Floyd, and the last words of Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old black man who was subdued by police officers and gasped the sentence before he died outside Paris in 2016.
🌎 Cities across Europe have come together after the death of George Floyd:
✊🏽 In Amsterdam, an estimated 10,000 people filled the Dam square on Monday, holding signs and shouting popular chants like “Black lives matter,” and “No justice, no peace.”
✊🏽 In Germany, people gathered in multiple locations throughout Berlin to demand justice for Floyd and fight against police brutality.
✊🏾 A mural dedicated to Floyd was also spray-painted on a stretch of wall in Berlin that once divided the German capital during the Cold War.
✊🏿 In Ireland, protesters held a peaceful demonstration outside of Belfast City Hall, and others gathered outside of the US embassy in Dublin.
✊🏿 In Italy, protesters gathered and marched with signs that said “Stop killing black people,” “Say his name,” and “We will not be silent.”
✊🏾 In Spain, people gathered to march and hold up signs throughout Barcelona and Madrid.
✊🏾 In Athens, Greece, protesters took to the streets to collectively hold up a sign that read “I can’t breathe.”
✊🏾 In Brussels, protesters were seen sitting in a peaceful demonstration in front of an opera house in the center of the city.
✊🏾 In Denmark, protesters were heard chanting “No justice, no peace!” throughout the streets of Copenhagen, while others gathered outside the US embassy.
✊🏾 In Canada, protesters were also grieving for Regis Korchinski-Paquet, a 29-year-old black woman who died on Wednesday after falling from her balcony during a police investigation at her building.
✊🏾 And in New Zealand, roughly 2,000 people marched to the US embassy in Auckland, chanting and carrying signs demanding justice.
💐 Memorials have been built for Floyd around the world, too. In Mexico City, portraits of him were hung outside the US embassy with roses, candles, and signs.
💐 In Poland, candles and flowers were laid out next to photos of Floyd outside the US consulate.
💐 And in Syria, two artists created a mural depicting Floyd in the northwestern town of Binnish, “on a wall destroyed by military planes.”
Before the assassination of George Floyd some of you were able to say whatever the hell you wanted and the world didn’t say anything to you…
THERE HAS BEEN A SHIFT, AN AWAKENING… MANY OF YOU ARE BEING EXPOSED FOR WHO YOU REALLY ARE. #readthatagain
Don’t wake up tomorrow on the wrong side of this issue. It’s not too late to SAY,
“Maybe I need to look at this from a different perspective.
Maybe I don’t know what its like to be Black in America…
Maybe, just maybe, I have been taught wrong.”
There is still so much work to be done. It’s been a really dark, raw week. This could still end badly. But all we can do is keep doing the work.
WE ARE NOT TRYING TO START A RACE WAR; WE ARE PROTESTING TO END IT,
How beautiful is that?
ALL LIVES CANNOT MATTER UNTIL YOU INCLUDE BLACK LIVES.
YOU CANNOT SAY ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ WHEN YOU DO NOTHING TO STOP SYSTEMIC RACISM AND POLICE BRUTALITY.
YOU CANNOT SAY ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ WHEN BLACK PEOPLE ARE DYING AND ALL YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT IS THE LOOTING.
YOU CANNOT SAY ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’ WHEN YOU ALLOW CHILDREN TO BE CAGED, VETERANS TO GO HOMELESS, AND POOR FAMILIES TO GO HUNGRY AND LOSE THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE.
DO ALL LIVES MATTER? YES. BUT RIGHT NOW, ONLY BLACK LIVES ARE BEING TARGETED, JAILED, AND KILLED EN MASSE – SO THAT’S WHO WE’RE FOCUSING ON.
🖤🖤🖤BLACK LIVES MATTER🖤🖤🖤
IF YOU CAN’T SEE THIS, YOU ARE THE PART OF THE PROBLEM.
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