On this day last year, George Floyd was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck while he cried out “I can’t breathe.”
What followed was nothing short of a racial reckoning in Minneapolis, across the country, and around the world. People marched in the streets calling for justice for Black lives and demanding safety from the institutions which violently enforce racist and unequal systems of oppression.
But we must remember that the work isn’t over — George Floyd didn’t die for the cause — he wanted to live. He begged to live. And since his death, we’ve continued to see far too many other Black mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and friends murdered at the hands of those who’ve sworn to protect our communities.
We must continue to support, stand by, and struggle alongside the Black community through this crisis and beyond, against militarized police violence, systematic racism, and injustice in this country.
Today and every day, we must say that Black lives matter and fight to ensure they do.
Team Common Defense