Around the world, protests continue over the unlawful death of George Floyd on May 25th, at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis. From around the United States to Europe, Canada and other countries, there is a synchronised call for equality and an end to systematic racism. The term has been widely used during the past few weeks, the world arguing that racism often shows up in the lives of those who are victim to the oppression, across institutions and society, via the wealth gap, housing discrimination, government surveillance, incarceration, drug arrests and infant mortality.
In Trinidad and Tobago, the topic of racism, while to some, a topic less warranted amid classist issues that seem to run deeper here, a group of Black Lives Matter endorsees, gathered on Monday at the Queen’s Park Savannah, just opposite to the US embassy, where they called for the lives of black people to be respected. Freetown Collective’s Muhammed Muwakil was among those present at the protest. Online, there has some support by Caribbean artists and socialites who’ve joined in solidarity with their counterparts around the world, who are calling for systematic change.