In The Fight to Defund, Social Media is the Mobilizer
On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis police officers brutally murdered George Floyd, sparking mass outrage and protests across the United States and around the world.
These demonstrations are not just about Floyd; they’re about all of the victims who have died due to the systemic racism that built this nation. The history of police brutality that stems from our country’s founding—exploiting slaves and Native Americans—has ingrained a legacy of violence towards people of color, particularly Black people. The continuous state-sanctioned abuse Black Americans endure reminds the world of the widespread inequality present in a nation that prides itself on being the land of the free.
As protesters continue demanding police accountability for countless victims, the connective powers of social media mobilize demonstrators during a global pandemic and disseminate valuable information and resources.