The death of George Floyd has left America burning as other police killings of black men grew on Saturday. Tense protests continue to escalate in New York, Tulsa, and Los Angeles as police cars were set on fire.
The protests that began in Minneapolis after George Floyd was killed by a police officer after he pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes straight. The protests that began on Monday has left the city with broken windows, burning or burned outbuildings. Floyd’s death has brought the conversation back to America’s biggest issue still – racism.
While people from different walks of life have come on the streets to make their voices heard, different organizations too, are taking a stand. The latest to join the list was one of the biggest companies in the world, Google. The CEO of the company, Sundar Pichai took to Twitter and said that the company stands in support of racial equality.
In the memory of George Floyd and to stand against racial discrimination, the company has made the home pages of Youtube and Google search convey the message that Google stands for racial equality. Sundar Pichai wrote,
“Today on US Google & YouTube homepages we share our support for racial equality in solidarity with the Black community and in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery & others who don’t have a voice. For those feeling grief, anger, sadness & fear, you are not alone.”
Protests continue across the country
The protestors are reminding people and the administration of years of such crimes being committed by the police. However, the protestors not maintaining social distance and not wearing masks have alarmed health experts as the country is yet to recover from the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic that claimed 100,000 lives in the country. As the country was looking to reopen the economy, it was stuck with Floyd’s death. Although many protestors took to streets to demonstrate their protest peacefully, some of the protests took an ugly turn on Friday as many turned violent.
In Los Angeles, people chanted “Black Lives Matter” within inches away from the police shield. The “Black Lives Matter” has got onto social media as to massive criticism against Trump and his administration surfaced. Popular singer Taylor Swift tweeted to the President and gave the message of voting him out. The social media platform, Twitter, has changed its official account’s bio to “Black Lives Matter”.
Source: The Economic Times