Meghan Markle has spoken out this week about George Floyd's death in an emotional address. Keep scrolling for the full video...
Meghan Markle has broken her silence on the death of George Floyd.
The Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.
via: GettyLast week, on Monday, May 25th, a defenseless black man was killed while in a police restraint.
George Floyd was arrested and forced to the ground...
Where former police officer, Derek Chauvin, proceeded to kneel on his neck, while 3 other officers knelt on his back.
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.
An ambulance arrived and took the unconscious man to hospital but, devastatingly, he was pronounced dead upon arrival. He was only forty-six years old.
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
4 days after George's death, some justice was served.
via: Getty ImagesDerek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George’s neck, was finally arrested. But this wasn't enough...
Chauvin was originally taken into custody and was charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter.
via: Getty ImagesHis bond was set at $50,000, and he is due to appear in court on June 8th.
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...
via: GettyBut 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.
But things have been 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.
But, remarkably, they seem to be working.
Thanks to these riots, the Black Lives Matter movement is dominating global headlines, and it has completely taken over social media.
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
And of course, the news broke yesterday that Chauvin is now facing an upgraded charge...
He is now being charged with second-degree murder according to Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar.
Minnesota's Attorney General Keith Ellison elevates the charge against ex-officer Derek Chauvin to second-degree mu… https://t.co/2l8o6FpdP9— BBC News (World) (@BBC News (World))1591228388.0
As for the other officers?Let’s not forget that, while Chauvin is the man primarily responsible for George’s death, 3 other police officers – Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao – also played a significant role in the incident.
Chauvin may have been the one to kneel on his neck...But alternative footage from the incident shows that 2 other officers were actually kneeling on his back, while a 4th stood on and watched. As reported by the New York Times, it was announced yesterday that Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao have all been formally charged with aiding and abetting murder in the death of George Floyd.
This is only the beginning.
And it's so important that we continue to speak out and use our voices.
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
Celebrities across the globe have been using their platforms for good.
Meghan spoke out about George Floyd's death during a virtual address to graduating students at her former high school, Immaculate Heart, in Los Angeles.
via: TwitterIn the 5 minute video, which was delivered on Wednesday evening, Meghan described the events in the States as “absolutely devastating."
The Duchess referred to the lives of “so many other people" whose names we don’t know.
via: Twitter“I wasn’t sure what I could say to you," she said before going on to reference Floyd along with other victims of police brutality. “I wanted to say the right thing. I realized the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing because George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered."
via: Twitter“One of my teachers, Ms. Pollia, said to me, ‘always remember to put other’s needs above your own fears.' “That has stuck with me throughout my entire life and I have thought about it more in the last week than ever before," she added.
Meghan also spoke about the Los Angeles riots that took place in 1992 after 4 police officers, filmed severely beating black taxi driver Rodney King, were acquitted of assault.
via: Twitter"I was 11 or 12 years old and it was the LA Riots, which was also triggered by a senseless act of racism. “I remember the curfew and I remember rushing back home and on that drive home, seeing ash fall from the sky and smelling the smoke and seeing the smoke billow out of buildings… I remember seeing men in the back of a van just holding guns and rifles."
She also offered a messaged of optimism.
via: Twitter"We’re seeing people stand in solidarity, we are seeing communities come together and to uplift. “You are going to be part of this movement."
Watch the full video below:
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The Full video of Queen Meghan Markle speaking in support of #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/QqrOonso8B— TV Fanatic👑⚜️ (@TV Fanatic👑⚜️)1591256820.0