On May 25, 2020 George Floyd was killed when he was restrained by white police officer Derek Chauvin who knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. George Floyd's death was filmed and sparked nationwide protests and demonstrations against police brutality, racism, and lack of accountability. These protests have, once again, initiated an American reckoning with structural racism and police violence against black people.
For every name we know, there are more that we don’t. The hashtag #SayHerName was created to bring awareness to "the often invisible names and stories of Black women and girls who have been victimized by racist police violence, and provides support to their families." Women like Breonna Taylor, who was killed just weeks before George Floyd.
We also cannot forget LGBTQ+ people of color. Iyanna Dior is a black transgender women who was beaten in Minneapolis over a minor fender bender. Nina Pop was stabbed to death in her apartment. Tony McDade was a black, transgender man who was shot and killed by police who deliberately misgendered Tony.