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

The Margin Published: May 27, 2020 at 7:21 p.m. ET The viral image compares an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck with Kaepernick protesting police brutality LeBron James has joined a chorus of voices protesting the death of George Floyd in police custody. Getty Images “Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??”…


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The viral image compares an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck with Kaepernick protesting police brutality



LeBron James has joined a chorus of voices protesting the death of George Floyd in police custody.


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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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throughout the day.

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.

James shared a composite image that juxtaposed the visual of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck, and Kaepernick kneeling on the field on Instagram, with “This…” written over the officer, and “…Is Why” written over the NFL star.

The image went viral, with artists such as Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg also sharing the powerful visual on their Instagram
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pages. “In the words of @tyrinturner ‘now you get it,’” wrote Foxx. “No justice just us,” wrote Snoop Dogg.

Retired NFL athlete Donte Stallworth also tweeted a clip of the disturbing video of Floyd’s arrest with, “Why NFL Players Kneel: Reason 1 Million.”

Entertainer Justin Bieber shared a similar clip, writing “this makes me absolutely sick.”

Comedian Michael Rapaport posted a profanity-laced rant calling the officers “murderers” and linking together a series of recent racial incidents, including white Franklin Templeton worker Amy Cooper being filmed threatening to call the police on a black bird-watcher who had asked her to leash her dog in Central Park. “I’m going to tell them there’s an African American man threatening my life,” she was caught saying on camera. She was fired on Tuesday.

“If there’s no cellphone footage, then what? Then what happens?” asked Rapaport.

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Director DuVernay tweeted a memorial directly to Floyd, as well, writing, “You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life.” She added that, “We must act – for you – and for all of those [where] no cameras are present. We must.”

Floyd’s sister Bridgett spoke to the “Today” show on Wednesday morning with the family’s lawyer, civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is also representing Ahmaud Arbery’s family. A white Georgia father and son have been arrested and charged in the shooting death of Arbery, a black man who was jogging in their neighborhood.

“Me and my family are taking this very, very hard,’’ Bridgett Floyd told the “Today” show. “It’s very heartbreaking.”

She added that, “I would like for those officers to be charged with murder, because that’s exactly what they did. They murdered my brother. He was crying for help.”

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