As protests continue, many people have been showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Now one absolute legend of basketball is pledging his support (and a huge sum of money) to continue the fight for racial equality.
Keep scrolling to see what they've done...
Across the States, hundreds of emotional pictures have emerged of those participating in the protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd.
via: Getty ImagesWith thousands showing their support.
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...
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
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.
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 a few days ago that Chauvin is now facing an upgraded charge...
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.
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
One city has decided to use its voice.
via: Getty ImagesIn a way that is very visible.
On Friday morning, a group of people were seen painting large yellow letters down two blocks of 16th Street in D.C.
via: Getty ImagesA two-lane road that coincidentally leads to the White House.
The letters along the road spelled out "Black Lives Matter".
via: Getty ImagesAnd those who were painting the letters were reportedly commissioned by D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser.
Emily Badger, a New York Times writer who spotted the letters, said in a tweet that the letters would "be a real middle finger to any federal forces flying overhead."She also added that it doesn't seem to be temporary support as the paint being used looked like that is used to stripe road lanes.
And now?Basketball legend Michael Jordan has stepped in to offer his support, and a huge sum of money, to continue the fight for racial equality.
He's pledged $100 million.
Michael Jordan says he will donate $100m to groups fighting for racial equality and social justice. 👉… https://t.co/wWvCUC5BLL— BBC Sport (@BBC Sport)1591438023.0
They released a statement.
The Jordan Brand is us, the Black Community. Jordan Brand is more than one man. It has always been a family. We represent a proud family that has overcome obstacles, fought against discrimination in communities worldwide and that works every day to erase the stain of racism and the damage of injustice. The will, the work, the excellence the world has come to know is the result of one generation after another, pouring their dreams into the next.
The statement continues:
It's 2020, and our family now includes anyone who aspires to our way of life. Yet as much as things have changed, the worst remains the same. Black lives matter. This isn't a controversial statement. until the ingrained racism that allows our country's institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people. Today, we are announcing that Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand will be donating $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.