Written by: Hannah Forsythe
This past week has been devastating to so many people. There have been lives lost, murders by those we thought we could trust, and widespread protests across the nation. Though we can’t get in to every single event that’s happened in the past week, here’s the main ones:
The video of George Floyd being suffocated to death by a Minneapolis police officer went viral. Floyd was accused of using counterfeit money to purchase a pack of cigarettes. Floyd was suffocated by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, forcefully pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck. The three other officers that were on the scene were Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao. BuzzFeed News interviewed Vanta Williams, a witness of the incident and her words are a shot to the heart. She tells the news outlet that Floyd “survived corona [but] couldn’t survive going to the store,”
A new childhood inflammatory disease related to COVID-19 surfaces. There are at least 340 suspected cases of this disease and only 3 deaths. This has been mainly seen in New York, where 170 of the suspected cases are, but cases have been tested in 26 other states. According to coronavirus.health.ny.gov , “this inflammatory syndrome has features that overlap with Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome,” Like its older, deadlier counterpart, this disease can take days or even weeks to appear in children. The majority of children being affected are between ages 10-14.
On May 27th, CoronaVirus death toll hit 100,000 in America. All 50 states across the U.S. have relaxed their restrictions, many of them opening up restaurants for dine-in and reopening retail stores. But as the public starts to grow tired of this, the death tolls are still climbing. There have been a million (confirmed) people who have contracted the disease in America. Though these are the numbers the CDC have released to the public, scientists hypothesize that the actual number is much higher.
Dealing with the death of George Floyd, there were two separate autopsies performed. Both of the procedures gave the same cause of death, but the one done by local police gave more than necessary. The one done privately and independently from the state found that Floyd “died due to asphyxiation,” BuzzFeed News said. The one done by local officials did agree that, yes, that was the cause of Mr.Floyd’s death, but they also pointed out many underlying conditions that he had.
In light of current events, music industry leaders have decided that the “show will paused '' on Tuesday, June 2nd. On Theshowmustbepaused.com, the reason for creating this day of remembrance was shared by its creators, Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang. They say that this day is supposed to :intentionally interrupt the work week,” and that “this is not just a 24-hour initiative.” Music artists all across social media, such as Katy Perry and Camila Cabello, have taken part in the initiative by posting an all-black picture with the hashtag: “blackouttuesday”. But, as the initiative grows and spreads to every single person's screen, there may be harm done. By not using the correct hashtag, people who intend to do good by spreading awareness are covering up vital updates and information for protests by using the official black lives matter hashtag. Please spread awareness by letting people you know to use #blackouttuesday instead of #blacklivesmatter.
Celebrities are a vital part to spreading awareness on activism. During this time, many have gotten involved and have been seen at protests. Celebrities that have taken part are Ariana Grande, Halsey, J. Cole, Tinashe, Timothée Chalamet, Madison Beer, and many more. These celebrities are on the frontlines with everyone else, fighting for what they believe in. Cole Sprouse, one of the stars of Riverdale and a prominent figure in Gen Z lives, was also seen protesting. Sprouse was protesting in Santa Monica, along with Timothée Chalamet. Sprouse was among a group of protesters that were standing their ground and would not leave. The 27-year-old then said in an instagram post that “we were given the option to leave, and were told that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested.” Sprouse was arrested along with about 20 other protesters.
Of course, this isn’t everything that has happened in the past week. There have been thousands of protests across the U.S., even one here in my conservative hometown of Huntsville, AL. This is just skimming the surface of the horror that has been going on. Please use your platforms to spread awareness, go sign petitions, and do all that you can to help in this devastating time for the U.S..