Video Notes, Vol. 4 | Different Shades of Protest in NYC

A short vignette from the last couple days of #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd protests in NYC. I saw energy and action of every different shade. Beautiful speeches in front of Stonewall advocating for trans black empowerment, tense standoffs between protesters and NYPD riot…

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A short vignette from the last couple days of #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd protests in NYC. I saw energy and action of every different shade. Beautiful speeches in front of Stonewall advocating for trans black empowerment, tense standoffs between protesters and NYPD riot officers, folks marching all over the city by the thousands, defying curfew, and showing up for one another. I also saw Midtown Manhattan and Soho turn into a lawless party where businesses got ransacked, the vast majority of which were corporate chains. I’ve included images of looting in this reel, and my reason for that is simple: no form of protest depicted here is any less politically legitimate than another. The conversation around looting always focuses on whether it is good or bad, which is a pointless question that will get us nowhere. A smarter question, one that I would urge everybody to consider, is why it has always occurred throughout the history of resistance to white supremacy, and what we can learn from it. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #DefundThePolice

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