Protests continue over the death of Minneapolis Black man George Floyd while in police custody (one officer has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter) and over other manifestations of racism in America.
Recent weeks and months have seen such incidents against Black Americans as the fatal shooting of Louisville, Ky., resident Breonna Taylor by police who entered her home; the killing Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, in which three white men have been charged with murder; and the weaponizing of race by a white woman who called the police on Christian Cooper, a gay man who was bird-watching in New York City’s Central Park and had asked her to leash her dog. There is also an epidemic of violence against Black transgender Americans. Black trans man Tony McDade was killed by police in Florida last week, and Black trans woman Nina Pop was stabbed to death in Missouri this month. The majority of trans murder victims in any year in the U.S. are Black women.
On social media, Black LGBTQ+ leaders and straight allies have shared their thoughts on the situation and how to address the systemic racism in this country. Read a sampling below.