2020 will be a year for the history books. Not only are we fighting a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic and a bizarre 2020 election, supposedly between Donald Trump, Joe Biden and Kanye West, but we’re seeing a historical shift in racism across the globe. Established in 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement gained massive momentum following the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in June, 2020. Streets across the globe were flooded with protestors and riots erupted in major cities throughout America.
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But these efforts were not in vain. According to the New York Times, data suggests that up to 26 million people in the United States alone participated in demonstrations, making it the largest movement in the country’s history. Although the precise number is impossible to count, crowd counters and a poll from Civis Analytics, reveals between 15 and 26 million people would have been involved. There have reportedly been more than 4,700 demonstrations – or an average of 140 per day – since the death of George Floyd with thousands more collectively around the rest of the globe.
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“It looks, for all the world, like these protests are achieving what very few do: setting in motion a period of significant, sustained, and widespread social, political change,” said Douglas McAdam, a professor at Stanford University. “We appear to be experiencing a social change tipping point — that is as rare in society as it is potentially consequential.”
The movement has surpassed political and societal events including the Women’s March of 2017.