The Margin: ‘This…Is Why’ — LeBron James, Jamie Foxx react to George Floyd’s death with images of Colin Kaepernick kneeling

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“Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??”

That was LeBron James, one of many people outraged by the death of a black man in Minneapolis police custody on Monday, after a video went viral showing a white officer kneeling on the man’s neck for several minutes as three other officers stood by.


“Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??”

The four officers involved in the death of George Floyd were fired on Tuesday, including Derek Chauvin, who was filmed with his knee on Floyd’s neck. While thousands of protesters clashed with police on Tuesday evening, many others horrified by the video of Floyd pleading “I can’t breathe” voiced their frustration on social media, with Floyd and Chauvin’s names, “I can’t breathe” and “Black Lives Matter” trending on Twitter
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They included notables such as NBA star LeBron James, Oscar-nominated “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and comedian Michael Rapaport. And many, including James, drew a comparison between the violent act of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck, and former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful #TakeaAKnee demonstrations during the U.S. national anthem to protest police brutality against African-Americans.

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