When coronavirus masks become 'I can't breathe' protest signsGet the Full StoryBefore George Floyd died while a police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, he rasped "I can't breathe."
It was the same gut-wrenching phrase uttered by Eric Garner when a New York cop had him in a chokehold before he died in 2014. Since then it has been a constant rallying cry at Black Lives Matter and police brutality protests. It's come to represent how suffocating it can be to be black in America. The Minneapolis cop whom Floyd begged for air has been charged with 3rd-degree murder. The New York cop was never charged with a crime and was only fired last year.
Now as protests spread across America and internationally to demand justice for Floyd, those final words have made their way onto coronavirus masks. The face mask, once just the symbol of a virus that attacks the lungs, has become a protest sign for those who can't breathe in other ways, too. Read more...More about Face Mask, Coronavirus, George Floyd, Social Good, and Activism