Here's the update on what's been happening: A black man named George Floyd was killed in the US city of Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. The footage showed police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes (eight minutes and forty-six seconds to be exact) Floyd repeated ‘I can’t breathe’. Chauvin has since been charged with murder for Floyd’s death. However, no other charges have yet been filed against three other police officers present at Floyd’s killing. Floyd’s violent death at the hands of the police triggered many protests, first in Minneapolis and then in more than 200 American cities – with solidarity demonstrations taking place all over the world.
Many of the protests have brought Black Lives Matter, the movement was founded in 2013 in response to the killing of Trayvon Martin and other black Americans, back to prominence. People of all races, living in dozens of countries, are looking for ways to help. Whether it's by attending protests, educating yourself, donating money or amplifying the voices of black people, there are so many ways to show your support for the movement and the global struggle against racism.
Here are all the ways you can show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter protests in the USA and around the world (This isn’t intended to be a comprehensive list, and we’ll continue to add to it as events evolve.)
Here are some other ways that you can show your support to Black Lives Matter
1. Sign a petition: There are numerous petitions circulating in the wake of George Floyd’s killing, and you can add your name now. Be sure to check out Justice for George Floyd and #JusticeforFloyd which are demanding that all officers present at Floyd’s death be arrested and charged with murder.
2. Show up to a protest: Throughout history, public protests have been crucial to the visibility and success of civil rights campaigns – from women winning the vote to LGBTQ+ rights. While mass public gatherings still banned in many countries, it may seem difficult to take to the streets right now. But many protests are still taking place, with social distancing and mask-wearing encouraged. Some acts of protest are being arranged that don’t need you to go any further than your doorstep.
3. Show solidarity on social media: From the original #BlackLivesMatter hashtag to the social media #Blackouttuesday of June 2, 2020, it shows that online campaigns have been one of the most effective ways for people to help show support and raise their friends’ and followers’ awareness of the anti-racist movement. You could state your support and solidarity, and share anything that you’ve found helpful and post links to resources or fundraisers. Just please make sure to prioritize black people’s voices and not speak over anyone with actual, lived experience of the issues at hand.