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10+ Powerful Photos of Peaceful Protests Against Systemic Racism Happening Across the U.S.

George Floyd – Philadelphia Protest Today from r/pics

On May 25, Minneapolis police officers arrested George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, on the suspicion that he bought cigarettes with a fake $20 bill. Seventeen minutes after officers arrived on the scene, Floyd was dead, having been pinned down by three officers—one with a knee on his neck for 8 minutes—as he pleaded for his life, saying, “I can’t breathe.” His murder, caught on video by bystanders and security cameras, ignited protests in Minneapolis against the injustice of police brutality towards Black people.

Major cities across the country (and even the world) are protesting in solidarity with Floyd and Minneapolis as they also amplify the ways in which their police forces have inflicted profound violence on people of color. While many protestors took to the microphones and chanted as a crowd, participants also let their words be known through signage. Others, in a nod to football player Colin Kaepernick, took a knee to protest police brutality.

Scroll down to see photographs from peaceful protests around the U.S. as people stand up to systemic racism and police brutality, hoping to have their voices heard and to make real change.

People in Minneapolis are protesting the death of George Floyd, police brutality, and systemic racism. Other cities across the U.S. are protesting in solidarity.

 

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Let us all hope we don’t need to have a sign like this when we are his age. from r/pics

Denver Protest from r/streetphotography

Peaceful Protest. from r/streetphotography

Even the Amish who don’t use social media are out giving their support in Minneapolis. from r/PublicFreakout

Native Americans peacefully protest in LA from r/PublicFreakout

The police taking a knee with protesters in Miami, Florida from r/pics

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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