As many of you may know over the summer the Black Lives Matter Movement was brought to the forefront of our nations focus. The movement aims to end systemic racism, gun violence, and police brutality against African Americans. Although it started in the United States, BLM has quickly gained traction around the world.
In 2020 George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was pronounced dead after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes, despite Floyd’s repeated protests that he could not breathe. Wide circulation of a bystander’s video of Floyd’s last minutes triggered massive demonstrations in cities throughout the United States and across the globe.
In the face of such horrors, it is difficult to conjure adequate words of response. Silence is not always a willing complicity in the structures of racist violence that led to this moment in our national life.