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Social Media Platforms Cracking Down on Racist #GeorgeFloydChallenge

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*Social media platforms are reportedly cracking down racists who are participating in the “George Floyd challenge.”

As reported by the New York Post, the trend went viral after three teens were arrested in the UK for a possible hate crime after sharing photos of themselves mocking the death of Floyd, the handcuffed black man who died after a police officer pressed a knee against his neck for several minutes. 

One participant in the challenge claimed to be a recent Air Force graduate, who captioned the sick photo, “Graduate Lives Matter.”

Social media giants such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter appear to be taking action by not returning any results under the #GeorgeFloydChallenge hashtag; or users are being met with a “Hashtag is Hidden” message. 

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“We are aware, and are removing these posts for violating our Community Standards,” a spokesperson for Facebook told The Post, noting it was deemed “encouraging participation in a high-risk viral challenge.”

The challenge has also sparked outrage from social media users.

“How is possible that people is dying outside, whole afro community are finally saying out loud that #EnoughIsEnough and … you came with this disgusting challenge,” one user wrote

“This is disgusting,” a user named Ila tweeted, asking, “Who the HELL does this?”

“If you think this is funny, you’re apart of the problem,” wrote @TheRealLadyRaw, calling it “F–KING DISGUSTING.”

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Meanwhile, the final 20-age autopsy report was released on June 3, and the family is outraged that it indicates Floyd had fentanyl and methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death, but the drugs are not listed as the cause of his death. 

Floyd’s death has been ruled a homicide.

The autopsy report concludes the cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.” 

However, an independent examiner hired by the Floyd family listed the cause of death as “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”

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Trump Can’t Bring Himself to Praise John Lewis: ‘He Chose Not to Come to My Inauguration’ (Watch)

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Trump is interviewed on HBO’s Axios by Jonathan Swan (Airdate: Aug. 3, 2020)

*During an Axios interview that aired Monday on HBO, President Trump declined to say whether he found the late Rep. John Lewis’s life “impressive,” but twice made a point to mention that the civil rights icon should have come to his inauguration.

Asked how he thinks history will remember Lewis, Trump told reporter Jonathan Swan, “I don’t know. I don’t know John Lewis,” adding, “He chose not to come to my inauguration. I never met John Lewis, actually, I don’t believe.”

The president said that he couldn’t “say one way or the other” whether he found Lewis’s life “impressive.”

“I find a lot of people impressive. I find many people not impressive,” Trump said. He continued: “He didn’t come to my inauguration. He didn’t come to my State of the Union speeches, and that’s OK, that’s his right, and, again, nobody has done more for Black Americans than I have. He should have come. I think he made a big mistake.”

Pressed to answer the original question of whether he found Lewis’s story impressive, Trump said Lewis “was a person that devoted a lot of energy and a lot of heart to civil rights, but there were many others also.”

Asked if he would support a petition that calls for the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala. to be renamed after Lewis, Trump said he would have “no objection” to it.

Trump is also challenged on his repeated claims that he’s done more for Black Americans than any other president with the exception of Abraham Lincoln. Swan pushes back by bringing up Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the Civil Rights Act. Trump didn’t have an answer. Swan also asked Trump if he would ever meet with Black Lives Matter activists to hear their concerns. Trump said he was turned off by the group when one faction chanted in a viral video, “Pigs in a blanket … fry ’em like bacon,” referring to police.  Swan asked Trump if he believes that many police “treat Black people differently from white people.”

“Well, I hope not,” said Trump.

Watch below beginning at the 31:32 mark. The John Lewis portion begins at the 35:24 mark.

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Leaked Bodycam Video Shows George Floyd Begging Cops Not to Shoot Him During Arrest (Watch)

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George Floyd in newly released bodycam footage from Officer Thomas Lane of the Minneapolis Police Dept.

*Bodycam footage from the two officers accused of murdering George Floyd, leaked to DailyMail.com on Monday, shows Floyd saying, “Mr. Officer, please don’t shoot me” before the struggle that ended with his death on May 25.

Transcripts from the videos were released in mid-July but a judge in Minneapolis had ruled the video could only be viewed in the courthouse, meaning only select people have seen the footage, which includes more than 18 minutes from Officer Alex Kueng’s bodycam and 10 minutes from Officer Thomas Lane. They were the first two officers to arrive on the scene after a complaint that Floyd had attempted to buy cigarettes with a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes at Cup Foods, a store in the Powderhorn Park section of Minneapolis.

The videos show Floyd in distress as Lane points a handgun at his head and another nonchalantly picks a pebble from the squad car tire seconds before Floyd draws his last breath.

The footage has now been leaked to DailyMail.com so the world can finally see the tragedy of Floyd’s last minutes as the cops were mindless of Floyd’s anguish.

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O Magazine’s First Oprah-Less Cover Ever Features Breonna Taylor (Watch)

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O Magazine’s Sept 2020 issue features Breonna Taylor

*For the first time ever, someone other than Oprah Winfrey will grace the cover of her monthly “O The Oprah Magazine.”

Instead, the late Breonna Taylor will appear on the cover for an issue dedicated to anti-racism. According to the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Lucy Kaylin, Winfrey and her O team began discussions about how the brand could raise awareness about police brutality against Black Americans following the death of George Floyd, who died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck. Taylor was fatally shot by police who stormed into her Louisville home on March 13.

This special issue, due on newsstands Aug. 11, examines systematic racism and includes lists of anti-racist actions readers can take, such as which Black-owned businesses they can support, organizations they can donate to, petitions they can sign, articles they can read and more, the release states.

The magazine’s cover image was created by 24-year-old digital artist Alexis Franklin.

Take a look at her process below.

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