Tears rolled down the cheeks of George’s brother when his lips spoke, “He didn’t deserve to die over $20, I’m asking you: Is that what a black man is worth?” while addressing the house committee of the nation’s judicial system, the nation that was built for free by George’s ancestors, the nation that has always failed to give acceptance to the people who they owe this face of the country.
The 25th of May will be written as the darkest chapters in our history not only because it brought us the horrors of a person belonging to a particular race being choked to death, but it has also brought light to many such darker events, of choking black voices shut, pushing black efforts down, and snatching black dreams away.
But our nation and this world have proven that no matter how big or small the cage is we’ve always succeeded to fly with our wings of freedom to a world which has every right for everyone, no matter what skin covers their soul, or what parents they were born to.
Out of many disturbing and horrifying pictures from the protests and demonstrations, we’ve brought you pieces of hope that this is all for a better place for everyone.
Adding more colors to ‘PRIDE’
As America is shaken by the incident, some want the LGBTQ+ community to honor George’s memory by ensuring that Black and Brown people of the community do not feel excluded, after all, pride has always loved colors with all their shades dark or light.
Netizens in the meanwhile didn’t stop sharing this new flag design on twitter, as tweeted by Chris Godfrey “Happy Pride month, everyone. With everything happening right now this year feels like a good moment to make this flag the mainstream, default symbol for the LGBTQ community, and not because the current one is being used to celebrate the NHS.”
While the world is getting a lot more unsafe for people who are different, the LGBTQ+ community has always been upfront in being inclusive to everyone different.
BTS, how K-pop’s Fanbase earnt the movement.
We all have a friend in the group whose Instagram and life’s filled with everything BTS, well the BTS army known for its social media savvy, using it’s collective power and the boost up of twitter hashtags.
But out of the fog, When K-pop stars BTS and their company, Big Hit, donated US$1 million to Black Lives Matter, BTS fans didn’t lag behind and started the #MatchAMillion campaign. They successfully reached their fundraising target in 24 hours.
While K-pop fans have received media attention for their support in the Black Lives Matter movement, BTS has continued to be a heartthrob of plenty many Americans.
The role of GenZ in the movement.
While many of you got your favorite Jordans and many got the PS5 while protesting and taking the perfect cover of tear gas smog, Miller an activist said “It gets to a point where especially as Gen Z and youths, we have to say enough.”From Minneapolis to New York, in the initial heated days of protest, many politicians and media outlets seemed focused on the rioting and looting that came out of the protests.
Social media has Always been the bearer of the torch , even after being recreational and superficial, The “hashtag woke activism” has been more of a performance than a revolution in nature.
Now, as the world heats up like a dumpster fire and the GenZ is the one raising their voice, the GenZ that grew up socializing digitally, now understands that social media is a far more serious tool for revolution.
As daily protests across the nation have sparked a new energy, Gen Z is leading the hype online in ways that go beyond organizing and protesting. TikTok has been the real friend these days. There are videos that explain the police shortcut on iPhones and music video clips showing short parts of protests and riots.
There’s the hype in teens posting confrontations with their parents and neighbors about race, moving pleas to keep the fight going to the sound of Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” and real moments of a child realizing the repercussions of being born black in a country like ours.
Though the sky is toon dark and cloudy and we all can’t see what we’re fighting for, we aren’t gonna lose our hopes, as no matter how hard the clouds try, the rainbow has always managed to bring in peace.
Written by Priyodit Tripathi
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