A video of a black child and a white child hugging that went viral last year has been reshared online, and it is serving as a poignant reminder that there is no room for racism in this world.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to watch the heartwarming video for yourself...
Tensions across our country are currently reaching a breaking point.
via: GettyFollowing the unjust death of George Floyd, who suffocated while being restrained by 4 police officers, thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets to fight against the blatant racism in this country.
This type of disgraceful violence has been happening within our police forces, primarily to black men and women, for decades now...
via: GettyBut, recently, the anger and upset has peaked to unprecedented levels.
It all happened last week.
via: GettyOn Monday, May 25th, Passers-by in Minneapolis witnessed and filmed 2 police officers "arresting" George Floyd for an assumed forgery incident.
Police found George matching a suspect's description in his car.
via: TwitterEven though he didn't resist arrest, one of the officers got him on the ground and pinned him there by pressing their knee into his neck.
This position was clearly very painful for him...
via: Twitter"Please, please, I can't breathe," George can heard begging in harrowing footage as the officers remain standing. "My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts," he moaned as passers-by began to gather and repeatedly plead with the officer to stop leaning on him.
Multiple witnesses were arguing with the officers when he started to lose consciousness...
via: Twitter"He's not f****** moving!" one witness shouted as another says, "Get the f*** off him, he isn't moving!" One of the officers responded with, "This is why you don't do drugs, kids."
After around 4 minutes of the officer kneeling on him, George was completely unresponsive.
via: TwitterAn ambulance arrived, the paramedics checked his pulse and moved his body onto a stretcher - but, devastatingly, he was later pronounced dead in the hospital.
George was only forty-six-years-old...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
The police officers involved have shown absolutely no emotion, regret, or urgency...
via: TwitterAnd a huge amount of backlash has hit the headlines.
Officers have been punished, to some extent.
via: TwitterAnd in total, 4 police officers have been fired following George's death.
The Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, has been repeatedly addressing the incident, referring to events in the videos as "wrong at every level."
@AttorneyCrump Something is wrong with white cops,they just murder black men like it's hunting season.— Blessed24/7 (@Blessed24/7)1590503025.0
"Being black in America should not be a death sentence. For 5 minutes we watched as a white officer pressed his knee to the neck of a black man. For 5 minutes," he said.
"When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help. This officer failed in the most basic human sense. What happened on Chicago and 38th, this last night, is simply awful."
And the Mayor pointed out that, if any normal person had committed this horrific act, they would be in jail right now.
via: Getty Images"Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?" Frey asked during the press conference. "If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now, and I cannot come up with a good answer to that question."
But on Friday, we got the news that we'd all been waiting for.
BREAKING: Officer Derek Chauvin, the man seen kneeling on the neck of #GeorgeFloyd in several videos, has been arre… https://t.co/9PfLbOdWsZ— Minnesota Daily (@Minnesota Daily)1590772812.0
He was charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter...And could face up to twenty-five-years behind bars if found guilty of his charges.
But, despite his arrest, the wound from George's shocking death is still very raw.
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
People all around the world have been left furious over George's unjustified death.
It’s really hard to tweet about this shit bc we have to use our voices but I also don’t want to minimize the depth… https://t.co/FbH2y78hm8— Kiana Ledé (@Kiana Ledé)1590567945.0
Protests have been held in George's memory all around the country...
via: Getty ImagesThousands upon thousands of protesters took to the streets last week to express their hurt and their anger at the injustice.
But things very quickly turned violent.
via: Getty ImagesAs thousands of people took to the streets, the police force became involved when shops started getting looted and police cars were being attacked.
Police officers in riot gear pelted the crowds with tear gas and rubber bullets...
“Rare Footage” . Protest #Video From #Minneapolis against the killing of #GeorgeFloyd .… https://t.co/k6PH0Bi97p— The Voice Of Liberty® (@The Voice Of Liberty®)1590581647.0
But things were far from over...
via: Getty ImagesA Minneapolis Police Station was set on fire last night to mark the third evening of rioting. Thankfully, the station had been evacuated beforehand so nobody was seriously hurt.
The scenes have been truly apocalyptical...
No police in sight https://t.co/baiDgxktNi— Max Nesterak (@Max Nesterak)1590726777.0
It is an incredibly difficult time to be an American right now.
via: GettyAnd now, more than ever before, we need a little reminder that not everything is so dire in this world.
Recently, a heartwarming video has resurfaced on Twitter...
via: GettyAnd it is serving as a poignant reminder that racism has no place in our world.
The video, which shows 2 toddlers running to greet each other, gained viral fame last year.
via: TwitterThe dad of one of the children, Michael D Cisneros, shared the heartwarming clip to Facebook, and it has since had millions of views.
The children, who were both 2 at the time, were filmed excitably greeting each other after forty-eight-hours apart...
via: TwitterBut, today, there's one poignant factor that's standing out.
The children are of different races.
via: TwitterFinnegan and Maxwell come from different racial backgrounds, but they haven't let this come in the way of their friendship.
And, if a pair of toddlers can overlook the color of someone's skin...So can the rest of us.
Nobody is born racist...It is an ideology that is pushed upon people from a young age... It can be prevented.
The video was reshared by DJ and music producer Kam Bennett...
Never forget 💛 https://t.co/RFcMfBmwME— DJ Kam Bennett (@DJ Kam Bennett)1590879143.0