George Floyd was murdered on May 25, 2020.
Young people in the United States have grown up watching Black and brown deaths go viral, writes Rita Omokha. The “Trayvon generation” has learned the names of so many victims of police violence, seen videos of their killings, and heard families mourn their lost, she says in a story in Teen Vogue. So when George Floyd was murdered on camera last summer, youth sprang into action. From occupying Cal Anderson Park in Seattle to organizing weeks-long peaceful protests in Louisville, Minneapolis, and Portland, young people put themselves on the front lines of the national demonstrations, the article continues.
A year has since passed. Though former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty for killing Floyd, at least four Black and brown people were killed by police within days following his April 2021 conviction, Omakha writes.
For the anniversary of Floyd’s death, Teen Vogue spoke to Black students about the events of the past 12 months.
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