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Unrest In America

Joshua Rashaad McFadden | New York, United States

Facing police and a cloud of billowing smoke from a local fire, protesters band together in the exhibition of their feelings in the face of adversity. Protests continue in support of George Floyd, a Black man unjustly killed by police while detained in Minneapolis, MN.

The reality of the Black experience in America has fallen short of what the Constitution of these United States suggests. The blatant disregard of the Black body is not a novel occurrence. Still, it has been made more prevalent with the barrage of video coverage over recent years, deepening the understanding of how race relations in the U.S. continue to disproportionately affect African-Americans in many contexts. Unique to this generation is the double pandemic. At the same time, a new strand of the coronavirus, COVID-19, ravages across the globe, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives, Blacks in America are also protesting to fight the effects of systemic racism that claim both their lives and livelihoods to an even deeper degree. The core of national unrest can be found in Minneapolis, MN, Atlanta, GA, Louisville, KY, and Rochester, NY. Say their names. George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, and Daniel Prude. Their lives were taken as a result of police brutality. This photographic series captures the intense moments within the Black community as back-to-back tragedies spurred passionate demonstrations.

The reality of the Black experience in America has fallen short of what the Constitution of these United States suggests. The blatant disregard of the Black body is not a novel occurrence. Still, it has been made more prevalent with the barrage of video coverage over recent years, deepening the understanding of how race relations in the U.S. continue to disproportionately affect African-Americans in many contexts. Unique to this generation is the double pandemic. At the same time, a new strand of the coronavirus, COVID-19, ravages across the globe, claiming hundreds of thousands of lives, Blacks in America are also protesting to fight the effects of systemic racism that claim both their lives and livelihoods to an even deeper degree. The core of national unrest can be found in Minneapolis, MN, Atlanta, GA, Louisville, KY, and Rochester, NY. Say their names. George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, and Daniel Prude. Their lives were taken as a result of police brutality. This photographic series captures the intense moments within the Black community as back-to-back tragedies spurred passionate demonstrations.

 

Though dangerous, protests in the midst of a pandemic was an action deemed a last resort for so many Blacks who felt frustrated and hopeless. The memorial site of George Floyd was populated with mourners in peaceful rallies during the day, while war-like scenes of fires, tear gas, rubber bullets, and smoke erupted between citizens and local law enforcement during the night. Outrage over Brooks’, Taylor's, and Prude's deaths were met with mirrored responses. Blacks are at a greater risk than any other racial demographic to contract and die from COVID-19. Yet, history has proven that the greatest threat to Black Americans is systemic racism and the byproducts thereof. Protestors’ willingness to demonstrate under these health risks speaks to how dire a message they have to relay to America and the powers that be.

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