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On May 25th, 2020, an African-American man by the name of George Floyd was arrested based on an accusation that he had used a counterfeit $20 bill. Shortly after, he was killed by police. Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas K. Lane were the four police officers involved. Chauvin knelt on the neck of George for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Kueng held his back down, Lane held his legs down, and Thao looked onward and prevented any sort of intervention.
George Floyd did not resist arrest. In the two autopsies conducted, both ruled his death a homicide. For further context, Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao also both have prior history of violent incidents. George Floyd's death quickly sparked protest in the twin cities Saint Paul and Minneapolis, located in the state of Minnesota. These protests are ongoing. Although protesters were said to have become violent, videos showcase that these were individuals not related to the actual protests. Some of these unruly protesters have been considered agent provocateurs sent to disrupt the peace.
Despite this, all 50 states have staged protests and the movement is staying as strong as it has been since it started on May 26th.
The United States was founded in 1776. Our country has had racism in its very roots from the beginning. From the treatment of Native Americans, the Atlantic Slave Trade, the Anti-Chinese Legislation and Anti-Asian legislation in general, to the treatment of Middle Eastern, Arab, and Muslim people, both before and especially after 9/11.
People of color have been fighting against hatred and discrimination for centuries, and the fight is far from over. For those of you looking to help, this webpage is designed to point you towards resources that should help you either participate in the fight, or educate yourself as to better understand the struggle of people of color. Please take the time to check them out and fight against racism in the 21st century, as well as against the corruption deeply rooted in the United States which continue to uphold this discrimination.