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1 Student’s Name Professor’s Name Date Black Lives Matter Racial discrimination has existed for long, right from the era of slavery to the present day. In a bid to fight against it, protests have been held. Many of the anti-racism protests are held to seek racial justice as well as an end to police brutality. The most recent anti-racism protests have arisen from the Black Lives Matter initiative. This is a social movement that is driven towards protesting against police brutality and any racial violence that is meted on black people. This paper will summarize Jen Kirby’s article that was published in Vox Magazine and respond to it. Summary Jen Kirby’s article mainly focuses on how the ‘Black Lives Matter’ initiative has been recognized worldwide. This worldwide awakening was brought about by the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by a police officer who pressed his knee on Floyd's neck. Americans went to the streets to protest day after day inspiring other countries to do the same. Demonstrators ignored coronavirus restrictions as they held protests in the streets. In the United Kingdom, the anti-racism protests led to the bringing down of Edward Colston’s statue who was a slave trader in the 17 th century (Kirby). Further in Brussels, Belgium people took to the streets to protest against police brutality and racism and defaced King Leopold II statues. The Black Lives Matter initiative has also inspired people to protest against police brutality that has led to the deaths of many black people. Racist police have used violence while
2 arresting people of color. Often this violence leads to the death of the people being arrested. In

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