Dr Dele Babalola, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, reflects on the protests sparked across the world by the murder of George Floyd.
George Floyd, an African-American was killed in Minneapolis, the United States of America by [four] white American police officers. One of the officers had his knee on the deceased’s neck for about nine minutes as the 46 years old man pleaded for his life, saying, “I can’t breathe”. George’s death has sparked mass demonstrations not only in the US but also across the globe. It has also rekindled the debates around the issue of racism in the US and other multi-racial countries like the UK, Canada, and Australia, to mention a few. Unfortunately, Britain is in denial about racism but the Black Lives Matter protests across the country speak directly to the systemic racism inherent in the system.