George Clooney on the George Floyd case: “Racism is our pandemic”
On the weekend between May and June, the protests against racial injustice and police brutality in response to the killing of George Floyd – who died after a white police officer pinned him to the ground with a knee on his neck – shocked 30 American cities, such as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Washington and Seattle. Some demonstrations took a violent drift, causing looting and riots between law enforcement officers and demonstrators.
Many politicians and activists intervened to condemn racism and at the same time resort to violence in protests. Among them, Martin Luther King’s daughter, Bernice King, who urged protesters to take non-violent action during the demonstrations: “I appeal to my brothers and sisters, because the only way to achieve constructive change is through non-violent means,” he said, before reminding all his father’s words: “” Riots are the language of the unheard “, that is,” riots are the language of the unheard “.” We want change and we want it now, “continued Bernice King.” But change never comes through violence. Nonviolence is not weak or passive. Nonviolence is active and aggressive. “
It echoed her George Clooney, who wrote an article in the Daily Beast in which he claims that racism in the United States is “our pandemic” capable of “infecting us all”. The actor and activist writes: “the anger and frustration that are repeated in our streets are only a reminder of how little we have grown as a country since the times of our original sin, slavery”. Clooney then calls for “a systemic change in our law enforcement and in our criminal justice system: we need politicians and politicians who reflect on the equality and equality of all citizens”.
Meanwhile, two activists on Instagram, Alishia McCullough and Jessica Wilson, have launched the hashtag #AmplifyMelanatedVoicesChallenge, a campaign that invites those who historically have no voice, and are not listened to, to speak, to denounce social injustice on social platforms. Even the latter, in fact, have often been subject to an embezzlement by whites who have used them to post stories and experiences “stolen” from black people, making them their own in order to report a presumptuous “goodness” by washing their conscience .
The other hashtag that accompanies the protests is #BlackoutTuesday: Tuesday 2 June he joins the protest via Instagram with a completely black post: no pictures, no words.