An Arizona city councilman has come under fire for his behavior at an anti-mask rally this week.
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Thousands of people are standing up against the blatant racism happening across the country.
via: GettyThe Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.
Let's start from the beginning.
via: GettyOn Monday, May 25th, a defenseless black man was killed while in a police restraint.
George Floyd was arrested and forced to the ground...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...
via: TwitterAnd, in the highly distressing scenes, he could be heard begging with the officers to release him and repeatedly saying "Please, please... I can't breathe."
After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive.
SAY HIS NAME. GEORGE FLOYD. HE WAS AN INNOCENT MAN, AND HE WAS MURDERED. HE COULDN’T BREATHE, AND HE BEGGED FOR HIS… https://t.co/7WNH4pzDLY— 🐌 (@🐌)1590620093.0
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...
via: GettyAnd George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
Things were quick to turn violent.
via: GettyProtesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.
It's a truly terrifying time.
via: GettyBut change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
And, remarkably, they seem to be working.
BLACK WOMEN MATTER. BLACK MEN MATTER. BLACK CHILDREN MATTER. BLACK FAMILIES MATTER. BLACK POSSIBILITIES MATTER.… https://t.co/y6dlDWKPN3— a gem (@a gem)1591104461.0
This is only the beginning.
THEYRE CHARGING THE OTHER 3 OFFICERS AND RAISED THE DEGREE. KEEP SIGNING PETITIONS, KEEP DONATING, KEEP CALLING. THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING— gabryelle (@gabryelle)1591208344.0
However, not everyone has been so supportive of the movement.
via: Getty ImagesWhile the majority of American’s have been in favor of the protests, there is a small minority who have been speaking out against them or not taking the movement seriously.
A lot of these people are coming from far-right groups...
via: Getty ImagesSo most of us aren’t too shocked.
So many people are using phrases like "White Lives Matter" or "All Lives Matter."They have tried to argue that this promotes equality, with the people behind it liking to argue that everyone has it just as hard as black people do.
What's so hard to understand?Using phrases like "All Lives Matter" is just another way of criticizing the BLM movement.
And news stories just keep popping up of ignorant people mocking the movement.
via: Getty ImagesThe latest, however, is one of the most shocking.
City Councilman Guy Phillips has found himself at the center of backlash this week.
@TheRickWilson #GuyPhillips Scottsdale AZ city #councilman needs to be fired. This is reprehensible.— Rita #DemcastOR 🌊 #Demcast (@Rita #DemcastOR 🌊 #Demcast)1593058540.0
At the rally, he made some extremely insensitive comments.Phillips began his remarks by screaming “I can’t breathe" twice - the last words of George Floyd and Eric Garner that have been mirrored in protests across the globe for the BLM movement.
Phillips then ripped off his mask and threw it to the ground.
A city councilman in Scottsdale, Arizona, organized an Anti-Mask rally on Wednesday. When he was introduced at th… https://t.co/toPePB6P1A— Tommy Beer (@Tommy Beer)1593039372.0
People were furious.
Guy Phillips’ disgusting conduct unequivocally violated the City of Scottsdale’s Ethics Policy. The City is require… https://t.co/C52Ek12aiF— 1 seed (@1 seed)1593053617.0
People couldn't believe what they had watched...
Guy Phillips you disgusting, fucking piece of shit!!! You want to mock the death of George Floyd and wearing masks… https://t.co/SHJ27X9wOn— PDBFH (@PDBFH)1593094992.0
His actions are completely offensive.
Dear #GuyPhillips : Fuck you. Signed: A Black Man.— Ceasar "You Don't Know Me" Manuel (@Ceasar "You Don't Know Me" Manuel)1593132680.0
Watch the full clip below:
What a POS Guy Phillips is. This is disgusting and if Guy Phillips has a job tomorrow something is serious wrong.… https://t.co/obe1BlvXbu— Don Winslow (@Don Winslow)1593045308.0