EDITORIAL | Kill the disease, don’t shoot the messenger

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EDITORIAL | Kill the disease, don’t shoot the messenger

Black Lives Matter highlights the need for freedom of expression, and that racism is a virus that must be fought

Editorial

The death of George Floyd has brought America to its knees and exposed Donald Trump’s lack of leadership skills as he threatens military force against hundreds of thousands of protesters denouncing systemic racism. 

The riots come in the midst of the pandemic, which has been devastating the US – again largely because of a spectacular failing by Trump – and have sparked a global antiracism protest, driven significantly by Black Lives Matter, which began after the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012.

The groundswell of support spread like the pandemic – to London, Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin – with thousands turning out in squares, outside embassies and on the streets protesting over their own experiences of police brutality and racism as well as expressing outrage about what has happened in America...

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