As the horrific video footage of George Floyd’s death has spread across the world, there have been thousands of protests and demonstrations every day since then. Most, if not all of the protests have been organized by volunteers and have amassed tens of thousands of attendees in every state of the United States. Unfortunately, many of these protests have ended as riots with strong police force opposing the demonstrations.
The Community’s Reaction
Just a few weeks ago there was major rioting in downtown Dallas, where many of the BLM protests have happened. Several storefronts were destroyed and looted including the long-time boutique owner, Princess Pope. Guns and Roses is a black-owned business that was hit by looters during the protests, which sparked controversy and outrage in the Dallas community. Princess urged her fellow African-Americans to support her with donations as she looked to rebuild, stating “ I feel like if we’re supposed to be lifting up black people and standing together, this is dividing and tearing us down at the same time. As the only black business owner on my street, it saddens me that I had to watch people tear my business apart.”
Despite the looting and rioting, there has been a collective effort by Dallas county to support protestors. Cities supporting protestors have been happening across the country. At some protests, police have marched and kneeled with protesters, and just this past week, Washington D.C. mayor had the street leading up to the White House painted with “Black Lives Matter”.
The City’s Reaction
Dallas city officials have followed in D.C.s lead on supporting its citizens by hiring a local artist to paint “Black Lives Matter” in front of Dallas City Hall as a temporary mural. This show of support is major as there has been plenty of tensions between the city and protesters. DJ Moore, the artist, stated: “By it being temporary, the idea is to reflect that I don’t want to go into the future needing to proclaim that black lives matter.”
As we near the end of summer, there is much hope that there will be change not only for Dallas but for all of America and justice for those who were wronged. You can see the mural before it’s gone on Marilla St. in front of Dallas City Hall or with the clip below.