TThe coronavirus pandemic crippled the United States in 2020, forcing everyone in and wreaking havoc on the country’s economy. But, in May, the nation’s attention abruptly shifted away from the virus after a white policeman in Minneapolis was filmed resting his knee on the neck of black man George Floyd for eight minutes and 46 seconds, until he stops breathing.
Americans have stormed the streets by the millions to protest police brutality and racial injustice. The rallying cry went beyond Floyd’s death to the deaths of other black Americans like Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, Tony McDade and Elijah McClain.
Anger turned into lawlessness, from looting in New York and the burning down of Minneapolis police stations, to Confederate statues toppled in the south. With about 15 to 26 million Americans participating in the protests this summer, experts said The New York Times that it was possibly the largest movement in American history, accompanied by seismic changes in the way the media, political leaders, and law enforcement approach race and justice.
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