The George Floyd protests continue

So far, 2020 has been a year full of global tragedy and uncertainty due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has significantly changed the way we interact, communicate and engage, with the protocol of social distancing restricting our face-to-face interactions.

The coronavirus has restricted many social gathering locations (Image Credit: Unsplash)

But, social distancing has seemingly been disregarded by many citizens worldwide as the international George Floyd protests continue.

George Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who was killed by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer who knelt on Floyd's neck for close to nine minutes.

The protests began in Minneapolis in the United States one day after the incident occurred on May 26, developing across the nation and internationally into Europe.

The BLM Movement began in 2013 after the death of Trayvon Martin (Image Credit: Unsplash)

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been supportive of the protests, as its messaging aligns with that of George Floyd - campaigning against police brutality institutionalised racism towards black people.

London has been one of the main cities in Europe to fight for the justice of George Floyd, with British activists protesting outside Parliament Square and the American Embassy.

Many notable musicians have attended the London protests such as Madonna, Stormzy, Dua Lipa and Sam Smith.

There have been several black artists who have revolutionised the music industry in genres of hip hop, techno, house, rock, soul, and jazz.

Eminent black musicians include Michael Jackson, Prince, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Jimi Hendrix, Jay-Z and Carl Cox.

Michael Jackson is one of the best selling musicians of all time (Image Credit: Unsplash)

Last weeks protests mainly had a potent and peaceful atmosphere, creating unity amongst people of all races.

Although we are still in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, it is the pandemic of racism that has immensely amplified the George Floyd protests.

People around the world continue to fight for the equal rights of those whose lives are unfairly undervalued, attempting to abolish racism once and for all.

Text by Dominic Magli