George Floyd’s death came six weeks after the police fatally shot Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, during a midnight “no knock” raid on her home. It came ten weeks after the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, who was chased down by a White father and son in a pickup truck as he jogged in his neighborhood. These deaths seemed to spark the reminiscence, from 400 years ago, of oppression of Black people. During a pandemic that sickened and killed many African Americans, the deaths unleashed a rampage against oppression that became the catalyst for uprisings of people to pour into the streets by protesting and demanding justice and an end to police brutality around the whole world.
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