Is this a turning point in the #Blacklivesmatter movement?

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June 3, 2020 by Cláudia

The video of the brutal murder of George Floyd seems to have ignited an unprecedented general outrage, not only in the USA but worldwide. While police brutality (and impunity) is not new, the video of a cold, indifferent policeman kneeling on an unarmed man’s neck, who called out for his mother and pleaded for his life, while two others held him down has shed light on something black people have been saying all along: racist violence is ongoing and structural, authorities are not afraid of consequences and innocent people are dying because of it.

I understand that this has always been an issue. I understand that only the more privileged (like me) were shocked by this video. I understand that it has been here all along and that, being only a peripheral concern in my life, I was/am part of the problem. I understand. And I’m sorry. I’m sorry I woke up too late.

I mourn all the lives that have been lost (most of them I didn’t even know about before). But this tragedy seems to have ignited a fire that I haven’t seen before. I can’t remember a time in which racism was so prominent in media coverage. I can’t remember protests of this dimension. I see people coming together, looking out for each other, demanding immediate action. Justice.

I’m a bit more hopeful. This kind of strength in protest, which has been extremely powerful and emotional, has to be the start of something big. Of societal change.

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I am hopeful that this will be a turning point.

This was certainly a turning point for me. Racial injustice and violence will no longer be a peripheral concern in my life anymore. This is my commitment to make anti-racism an integral part of my life both online and offline. 

I don’t want to take more space. Please take a look at the following resources, they are all extremely important and eye-opening.

Further reading/Resources:

Let me know what you think. Do you think that this will be a turning point for the anti-racism movement? 

9 thoughts on “Is this a turning point in the #Blacklivesmatter movement?

  1. This is a great post and the message came through so well in that Instagram post you added. If we stand together to demand for it, I think we could achieve it. But it needs to be an ongoing fight till we achieve it. There is that thought that after all this, when we get to a new normal, everyone who is not as deeply affected may forget and return to ‘normal’ but if we keep at it, constantly, then I guess we’ll get there. We need to understand though, that it will take time. The hardest thing to do is change people’s minds so we need to commit to be in it for the long ride.

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    • Cláudia says:

      Thank you very much.
      I thought it was incredibly powerful too and a great example of how to be a good ally to the BLM movement.
      I, too, fear it can lose steam, but at the same time I see a unity and strength that leave me hopeful.
      Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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  2. simba20192 says:

    Powerful, although I am quite pessimistic. I wrote my thoughts here 👉🏿
    https://newblackrepublic.org/georgefloyd/

    Liked by 1 person

  3. simba20192 says:

    Thanks for your honest price. Unfortunately I am quite pessimistic but would like to be hopeful and therefore am trying to be hopeful. I wrote my thoughts here 👉🏿
    https://newblackrepublic.org/georgefloyd/

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Carol anne says:

    its so sad. but so good to see so many coming together, to end this once and for all!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. For a better understanding of the United States, consider reading:

    The Autobiography of Malcolm X,
    (by Malcolm X and Alex Haley)

    I think every American should read it, and that a Malcolm X Memorial be built next to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

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