Comment: George Floyd protests are rooted in anger over deepening inequality

“I can’t breathe” is the new message of the #BlackLivesMatter campaign, but for many it could also be a metaphor for this moment in time

2nd June, 2020
Comment: George Floyd protests are rooted in anger over deepening inequality
Thousands of people took park in the George Floyd solidarity protest in Dublin on Monday. Picture: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

“I can’t breathe.” Some of the last words uttered by George Floyd before he died on a Minneapolis street, with a police officer’s knee pushed into his neck. It’s a brutal and tragic story and, while Floyd meant those words literally, it could also be cast as a metaphor to describe these times.

Such an idea is not to reduce the significance of Floyd’s treatment at the...

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