The death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, led to a wave of Black Lives Matter protests.
But actively fighting for human rights, and Black lives specifically, shouldn’t require a shocking incident or video, says CNN journalist Don Lemon. As one of the newscasters who broke the news of Floyd’s death, Lemon recognized that it was hardly an isolated incident.
Lemon writes that the death of Black people due to violence and oppression is so recurrent and frequent in the United States that it has become normalized and overlooked. This phenomenon can be observed in everyday life, from deadly police encounters to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken a disproportionate number of Black lives.
If we each fight to improve standards of living for all, that action will grow into a collective movement that will change the world. For more of Lemon’s views on how to heal racism in the U.S., check out our Instaread on This Is the Fire.