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- Albert Einstein

How Black Lives Matter has Transformed America

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

Kate Byng-Hall investigates how the magnitude of the BLM movement has impacted American society.

Photo by Clay Banks

On the 25th of May this year, black man George Floyd was killed in Minnesota, USA, after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. 

The tragedy prompted millions to burst into protest around the world, and has since brought about many reforms aiming to eliminate police brutality and racial discrimination in the USA, where systematic racism has been a problem for centuries.

Transforming the Police 

Many of the basic principles and practices behind American policing were brought under scrutiny as a result of Floyd’s death, leading to multiple legislative changes.

Two weeks after the incident, in the city where Floyd was killed, the Minneapolis City Council voted to dismantle the city’s police department and remodel it in order to eliminate systemic racism and refocus on public safety through new community initiatives.  This is a ground-breaking step in police reform, responding in part to calls from protestors to abolish the police altogether.