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George Floyd: A Year Later

May 28, 2021
The George Floyd Memorial outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis, Minnesota
via @Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0 @Lorie Shaull

It’s been a year since George Floyd died at the hands of a police officer, but no one will soon forget what happened to him and how his death became a symbol of the mistreatment and social injustices that African Americans face every day. On the first anniversary of Floyd’s death, people gathered at memorial events and marches across the United States to remember George Floyd and other members of the African American community who have been killed simply for being Black.

While more must be done to reform the police and fight systemic racism, small steps have been taken to right the wrongs of the past. Since Floyd’s death, confederate statutes have been removed from cities across the country, former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd and sentenced to prison, and small steps have been taken to reform police departments. One such step? A bill called the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would ban racial profiling by police and make police officers more accountable for their actions, was introduced to Congress. While this bill was passed in the House of Representatives, it’s still being considered in the Senate. All of these actions mean progress, but the fight for change and justice has only just begun.