The Global Legacy Of George Floyd and Black Lives Matter Protests : Rough Translation Five personal stories from five continents on the global impact of George Floyd.
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The Global Legacy of George Floyd

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The Global Legacy of George Floyd

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Syrian artist Aziz Alasmar paints a mural of George Floyd on the remains of a collapsed building in Binnish, a town in Syria's Idlib province. Mohamad Jamalo hide caption

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Syrian artist Aziz Alasmar paints a mural of George Floyd on the remains of a collapsed building in Binnish, a town in Syria's Idlib province.

Mohamad Jamalo

The killing of a Black man at the hands of police is not a new headline in the United States. But never in this generation has such a death catalyzed so strong a response both in and outside the US. From Syria to New Zealand, Kenya to the Netherlands, protesters are taking to the streets and social media in solidarity. They are speaking out against not just the killing of Black Americans by police in the United States, but also the racism and oppression they see where they live.

This week on Rough Translation, we travel around the world to understand how George Floyd's killing is resonating with people outside the USA, and holding up a mirror to communities thousands of miles from Minneapolis?

Additional Context:

  • See the ways around the world are showing solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters in various ways, including a mural by Syrian artists Aziz Alasmar and Anis Hamdoun.
  • Protesters performing a Māori haka at the Auckland Black Lives Matter march on June 1.
  • Listen to Machozi Ya Jana, a song by Kenyan artist Juliani, about extrajudicial killings in Kenya. 
  • The recent US protests have fueled a debate in Brazil over racism there, including anger over two recent deaths.