A murder the world witnessed: How sport joined the fight for change

On 25 May 2020, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis by a man whose job was to protect the public. 


The whole world witnessed as video footage of white police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck went viral. Millions around the globe saw a 46-year-old black man brutally restrained for more than nine minutes. 




They heard him plead for his mother. 


They watched as Chauvin kept a knee pressed down on his neck.


George Floyd was motionless by the time the ambulance arrived, and an hour later he was pronounced dead. 


It wasn’t the first example of police brutality caught on film, but what made this different was the reaction it sparked.


Before long it felt like everyone everywhere knew what had happened. Something powerful was building across the world. Through it all, sport offered a stage for those feelings to be expressed.


One year on from George Floyd’s death, Chauvin has been convicted of murder. Racism is being called out like never before, and it feels as if people are finally listening.  


There has been a lot of reaction from the world of sport over the past year. But there is a lot of progress still to be made.

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Nwali Godwin - May 28, 2021, 3:20 PM - Add Reply

So sad

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