The video and his cries for his mother will forever be seared into my memory. George Floyd unfortunately was not the first, nor was he the last, person to die as the result of police violence. To many Americans, the cold stare of his murderer during the act, the pleas of the witnesses and the complicity of other officers was a breaking point. It was clear that things could never be the same.
In the year since, Black-led protests of multi-racial multitudes across the globe and the work of racial justice organizations has led to progress. Calls to defund the police became a rallying cry. While many critiqued the demand, its effectiveness has been clear.
This has been a difficult year. We have grieved for so many others including Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain, Daunte Wright, Ma’Khia Bryant, and Andrew Brown. Our brothers and sisters demanding justice in the streets have been teargassed, beaten and arrested and charged with serious offenses. This has all happened against a backdrop of a pandemic that took more than 500,000 lives, disproportionately Black and Brown, and an attempted insurrection. It’s been a trauma-filled year. Yet, in the midst of it all, we refuse to back down in our fight for a more just country.
This page serves as a memorial to the ones we have lost—our hard-won victories over the last year and the fight ahead.