Black Lives Matter Tallahassee Protests Roundup

By Liam Wirsansky on June 11, 2020

Demonstrations, rallies, and protests have been the norm since the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police a few short weeks ago. Displaying an unrelenting tenacity, the Black Lives Matter movement has shown signs of strength unlike any other social crusade the US has seen in quite some time. Reaching a global scale, people of all kinds have come together to stand up and fight for equality in a united fashion.

This week in Tallahassee, protests have continued despite the harsh and rainy weather conditions. Sit ins at the governor’s mansion, marches across downtown at the Capitol, and rallies near the police station and courthouse highlight some of the many demonstrations that have happened in Tallahassee this week. And it shows no signs of slowing down, as a car caravan and march demanding relief for unemployment workers is scheduled to take place today on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 9 am in front of Florida’s Capitol building.

In recent days the movement has expanded its demands, with communities calling on local governments to remove confederate statues and monuments. No stranger to social reform in the racial specter, the demands have resurfaced and gained traction. Communities around the nation have successfully started the removal process of memorials commemorating racist figures and events in America’s history.

Even Belgium has joined in on the trend, as a 150-year-old statue of King Leopold II of Belgium, whose regime led to the deaths of millions of Congolese people, was removed yesterday.

Tallahassee, with a history of its own protests in regards to the Old Capitol Confederate Memorial, which is dedicated to fallen confederate soldiers, has not made any actions or comments relating to that monument.

In the wake of the second week of protests, Florida Governor Ron Desantis had a heavy presence of police protection on Tuesday, following a sit in at the Governor’s Mansion as well as other protests around town this past week. Relatively silent since his comments following George Floyd’s death on the June 1st and activating 700 members of the National Guard in response to protests around the state, citizens have been seemingly left with no immediate support from the government as they continue in their action and fight for liberty, justice, and relief.

With protests around the world proving that they can incite the change that they are reaching for, it remains imperative and probable for these demonstrations to continue until reparations and progress are made. With the Minneapolis City Council pledging this past Sunday to dismantle the Police Department, and local governments implementing new policy changes, like the  New York State ‘Amy Cooper’ bill against false 911 accusations being pushed by New York’s Governor following the viral video of her racially profiling a black man and calling the police pretending that he had threatened her and her dog.

Movements of all kind promoting social justice are appearing around the nation, as the COVID-19 global pandemic continues to ravage the working class ranks of the U.S., with unemployment at unprecedented levels of close to 14% and millions still without any sort of support from the government. Racial disparities continue to highlight the pandemic’s fatalities as the National Death toll continues to rise past 115,000 lives, with no end seemingly in sight. With the Black Lives Matter movement reaching a powerful stage in its development, the dangers of conflict still exist and the war has not been won.

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