Black Lives Matter Protests

May 25th, 2020: A Black man is murdered outside a grocery store after police Officer Derek Chauvin kneels on his neck for eight minutes and forty-six seconds. His death sparks thousands of nation-wide protests against police brutality, particularly against Black people. The majority of these protests are peaceful, with protesters holding up signs, giving speeches, or simply sitting on the street. And yet, 14 thousand people are arrested. The National Guard is called to nearly every large protest; rubber bullets and tear gas are unleashed without warning. President Trump calls these protestors ‘thugs’. He addresses the Black Lives Matter movement as a ‘symbol of hate’. He calls for ‘total domination’ and orders for a host of militarized federal agencies to clear the area in front of St. John’s Church for a three minute photo-op.