Black Lives Matter

Tearfund – February 2021

On May 25, 2020, a 46-year-old African American named George Floyd died in police custody after a white police officer knelt on his neck for a period of eight minutes and 46 seconds during arrest. The incident was filmed by an onlooker and footage shows that the police officer persisted despite Mr. Floyd pleading for his life and saying that he could not breathe. George Floyd’s death has triggered massive protests across our country and the world. An outpouring of centuries of pain and frustration has been seen in a groundswell of protest against racism in the US and globally, and a trend in the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media.