The murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, United States, last May 25 is not an isolated event but the expression of a systemic social fact that affects all societies of the Americas.
That death, of an African-descendant at the hands of a white agent, has become a global event because it evokes the persistence and violence of racism in contemporary society and repeats a sequence of clearly identifiable violent acts against Afro, Latino and Indigenous people and collectivities in the United States and across the continent.
This has sparked a wave of protest and indignation not only in the country where it occurred but throughout the world. It has been expressed in mass mobilizations, in communiqués of civil society organizations, universities, international organizations, among others.
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