Not even the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic could stop the need to continue fighting for social justice as more African-Americans are killed at the hands of law enforcement. Most notably the summary executions of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor has many having to make the choice of obeying social distancing protocols or hitting the streets to protest and continuing the fight for social justice. In a perfect world, one would never have to make such a decision, but we do not live in a perfect world and this is our new normal.
Multi-racial residents rushed the street, choosing to fight for social justice over practicing social distancing. Protests erupted in multiple cities in all fifty states and twenty countries over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, who had his knee on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes.
From the blatant actions of former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin, a white police officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd for almost nine minutes while he was handcuffed face down in the street, while three other officers – Tou Thao, age 34, J. Alexander Kueng, age 26, and Thomas K. Lane, age 37 – participated and/or watched as Floyd cried for his mama and narrated his own death on video. ‘I can’t breathe’ would be his last words, reminding us of the 2014 killing of Eric Garner. Another life lost on livestream.
Unity Rallies and peaceful protests also sprung up throughout Westchester County – one of the wealthiest counties in the country – that has seen it share of police criminality and black and brown lives lost at the hands of law enforcement.
While they may not have gotten the national press many of the other black lives lost have, we cannot fight for justice of George Floyd 1200 miles away and forget about those who were killed here at home.
SAY THEIR NAMES: Kenneth Chamberlain Sr (White Plains), Kamal Flowers (New Rochelle), Anthony Smith (Mount Vernon), Raynette Turner (Mount Vernon, Danroy DJ Henry (Thornwood), Mount Vernon Police Officer Christopher Ridley (White Plains), Jonathan Maldonado (Greenburgh), Dario Tena (Yonkers), Felix Kumi (Mount Vernon) just name a few.
People are sick and tired of being sick and tired of the lack of justice. This country has had there Knee on the neck of the Black Community and now nationwide they are not taking it laying down anymore. in all 50 states and in over 20 countries people are protesting peacefully in the name of Blacks Lives Matter, in protesting of black lives lost at the hand of law enforcement and they are not just demanding justice this time, they are demanding changes in legislation,
We put together a pictorial review of some of the various protests in rallies that have taken place here in Westchester since the summary execution George Floyd.