In 2013, the American weekly magazine Time placed the cover of three women who launched the Black Lives Matter movement
This was reported on the website of the magazine Time.
So, on the cover, which was created as part of the project of the magazine “One Hundred Influential Women of the Year”, Time placed Opal Tometi, Alicia Garza and Patriss Kallors. All of them are the founders of the international movement of activists opposed to violence against the black population – Black Lives Matter.
Opal Tometi is a Nigerian-American human rights activist, writer, strategist, and public figure. She is currently the Executive Director of BAJI. Tometi opposes the racial inequality faced by black people.
Alicia Garza is an American human rights activist and author of articles. She focuses on health, student services and rights, the rights of domestic workers, eradicating police brutality, combating racism and violence against black and transgender people. She currently runs special projects at the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Garza is also the head of Black Futures Lab.
Patriss Kallors is an American artist and activist. She is a proponent of the abolition of prisons in Los Angeles.
One of the founders of the Opal Tometi movement told how the current protests after the murder of George Floyd are different from those that were before.
According to her, the barbaric murder of George Floyd “caused a lot of anger, indignation and disappointment.” This murder occurred during the epidemic, when people were sitting at home, someone was caring for sick relatives, someone had a lot of fear and anxiety about tomorrow. “We have millions of people who have lost their jobs and applied for unemployment benefits and live from paycheck to paycheck. I believe that they are simply fed up and completely overwhelmed with grief, anxiety and despair, because the government does not have a worthy and comprehensive plan of action aimed at solving the main problems that the average American faces, “said Opal, the newspaper writes. The New Yorker.
According to her, if before people went to work, now they are at home during quarantine, they are more sensitive to what is happening.
“People who would normally be at work now have time to go to a protest or rally, and they have time to think about why they fought so much,” Opal said, stressing that people are concerned about police brutality.
“People understand that life in the USA is filled with all kinds of inequalities and injustices, and that hidden prejudice and sheer racism are embedded in the way the police are guided in this country. And when you start to think about it in a historical aspect, it (the police) was founded as a slave patrol. The evolution of policing is rooted in this. People are aware of this. ”
The Black Lives Matter movement is a response to the acquittal of volunteer patrol George Zimmerman, the murderer of 17-year-old black Travon Martin. The tragedy occurred in 2012 in Florida. Then George Zimmerman, bypassing the area as a volunteer patrol, told 911 that he saw a “suspicious guy.” He also told the dispatcher that the guy ran to the back exit of the apartment complex. The dispatcher asked not to run after him, but the patrol did not obey. As a result of the ensuing fight, George Zimmerman shot a teenager in the chest, from which he died. The guy had no weapons. In July 2013, a jury unanimously acquitted the patrol, admitting that he acted in self-defense.
Recall that earlier in Minneapolis, police detained a black man. During the arrest, one of the policemen used a choking technique, stepping a knee on the man’s neck. At the same time, the detainee, 46-year-old George Floyd, repeatedly told the white officer that he could not breathe. Due to the brutal detention, the man died. An autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was strangulation.