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Denzel Gaston joins protesters denouncing racism and police brutality outside the U.S. District Court in downtown Salt Lake City on Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

‘Black America can’t breathe’: Opinions on racial inequality, Black Lives Matter and protests

On May 25, George Floyd died while having his neck kneeled on by a Minneapolis police officer for 8 minutes and 46 seconds and repeatedly telling the officer “I can’t breathe.” Officers were responding to a report of someone using a counterfeit bill in a convenience store.

The video of the incident shocked Americans and spurred a series of protests across the nation, even spreading to other countries. Social media campaigns and conversations about systemic racism, white privilege and working toward solutions were rampant.

Books about systemic racism, the black American experience and white privilege shot to the top of best seller lists, and individuals rallied to support black-owned businesses.

The Deseret News Opinion section has worked to elevate important voices in the conversations and add deeper insight into the issues.

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