Philadelphia has been one of the main spots for protests over the last week. And yesterday, a group of people were spotted walking around the city center with a basketball hoop to help break the tension, with the pictures and videos quickly going viral...
The Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.Last week, on Monday, May 25th, an innocent and 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...And, 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...But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...And 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.Protesters 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.But change needs to be done 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
Everyone is talking about it.
I love seeing my instagram timeline. #BlackOutTuesday https://t.co/M5fv9Rm5RT— Coral (@Coral)1591104295.0
And, of course, an array of celebrities have been jumping on board to show their support.Ice Cube, have been speaking out against racism and injustice in, not only this country, but the rest of the world.
These famous figures have been using their platform to highlight the ongoing issues black men and women face every day...
Social media is playing a huge part in educating people and shedding light on a movement that people should have been talking about long before.And, as scenes from protests across the states are posted online, a group of people have gone viral for walking around with a basketball hoop.
The aim?To help "break the tension."
The group was spotted by reporter, Nina Feldman, in Philadelphia.
Khalil Gardner is a part of a group dragging a basketball hoop around center city trying to get people to play to b… https://t.co/HRaTVM2gzn— Nina Feldman (@Nina Feldman)1591126794.0
The group managed to convince a police officer to play with them.
They convinced a cop to play - his colleagues had to remind him to put his gun away before he took some shots. A co… https://t.co/vvDxMWVCnz— Nina Feldman (@Nina Feldman)1591126874.0
According to Nina, Stephania Ergemlidze is the mastermind behind the basketball project.
To all Khalil’s fans, the mastermind behind this project is Stephania Ergemlidze. I watched her school dude after d… https://t.co/WfdUxBUcUY— Nina Feldman (@Nina Feldman)1591143611.0
Sports truly do have a way of uniting people.And it's great that she has put this project into action.
Of course, throwing some basketballs isn't going to solve everything.
If the goal was to break tension it seems to have worked https://t.co/MacLUdUCSn— Nina Feldman (@Nina Feldman)1591126990.0
Many praised the project...
@ncannellf Killin em with kindness. So much love and respect for this.— irienan (@irienan)1591138913.0