It’s been a year since the world witnessed the horrific murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, by white Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin.
Battleground(18m) is an Escarpment Films documentary short released a day after the Derek Chauvin verdict.
(PHOTO BY: Nicola Yardy) More and more it feels like to be Black is to be tired. To be living in a heightened sense of fight or flight. It is wholly unfair.
White supremacy is working overtime to break us down. George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis a few hours before Regis Korchinski-Paquet fell to her death in Toronto after police entered her apartment.
Picture this. Over the course of several weeks, social media feeds are saturated with images and news of the murders and victimization of Black people. You bristle at the word of them being gunned down in their homes (Breonna Taylor). You watch videos of them being shot in the streets while running, literally, for their lives (Ahmaud Arbery). Closer to home, you read the trial of two off duty police officers who maimed a Black teenager (Dafonte Miller), with a lead pipe will begin, only to be tried in relative silence (the verdict now suspended due to Covid-19 closures).