In 2020 George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was pronounced dead after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck for several minutes, despite Floyd’s repeated protests that he could not breathe. Wide circulation of a bystander’s video of Floyd’s last minutes triggered massive demonstrations in cities throughout the United States and across the globe. The tragedy swayed U.S public opinion in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement while drawing wide attention to the problem of entrenched racism in American society.
The Black Lives Matter movement has many goals. BLM activists seek to draw attention to the many ways in which Black people are treated unfairly in society and the ways in which institutions, laws, and policies help to perpetuate that unfairness. After exactly a year ago today, the Utah Pride Center’s Mental Health Department would like to keep not only George Floyd’s memory alive but also keep in mind all the folks from the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities whose lives were also taken. BLM!