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.
\u201cI am voting . it\u2019s clear that the abuse of power and white supremacy that\u2019s in the WH currently is tied to the white supremacy and abuse of Power in the police force . We must vote them out .\u201d
\u201cIt ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets. I pray we all have the strength for that journey, just as I pray for the souls and the families of those who were taken from us.\u201d
\u201c"Chicago is strong. This is our home. This is the city we built... We know it\u2019s not perfect but if it gets destroyed we are all left to pick up the pieces. Here in Chicago, we care for each another. We have seen that over and over again. This is a time for us to unite."\u201d
— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot)
\u201cIn just my short time in office, police have taken the lives of three people in my Ward alone. We pay for a system of policing to protect and serve us that ultimately does not see our humanity. We need accountability now. Arrest and prosecute.\u201d
\u201cBecause it bears repeating\u2014let\u2019s strategize and work on the endgame so that future generations don\u2019t have to pick up this mantle of fighting against police brutality and police killings. I discussed how on @SpecNews1SoCal. #GeorgeFloyd #LosAngeles #LAProtests #BlackLivesMatter\u201d