|Sadly, all I have to say today is that every life still matters and I hope that my small collection of notes swells a chorus of voices saying ‘Black Lives Matter’.
George Floyd was a 46-year-old black male who died on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota (US) after a white police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed, lying face down in the street.
I strongly hold to the belief that UNE staff and students will in various ways be equally disturbed, upset and challenged by the fact that such brutality is possible. As we go about our normal lives, enjoying the long weekend and the freedoms which fall naturally to us, let us also remember in some way the loss of this life and all that it symbolises. Do one thing to make a difference.