Protests in Portland following the killing of Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in the custody of Minneapolis police in May, had dwindled to maybe 100 peaceful demonstrators per night before President Trump sent federal agents to the city, ostensibly to protect US government property.
When Simone Browne wrote her book Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness in 2015, her goal was to position the invention of contemporary surveillance technologies “as not being outside of that of the social and historical formation of slavery.” Browne’s book helped inform our next episode of the Get WIRED podcast: Senior writer Sidney Fussell recently spoke to Brown for a WIRED interview about surveillance in the wake of the George Floyd protests.
A Minnesota-based activist and community organizer, Mohammed wanted to hit the streets and march to demand justice for George Floyd and other black victims, but while the coronavirus is still rampant—and the possibility of unknowingly having it without any symptoms — the only option she had was to stay at home and stay safe from Covid-19.
On Thursday, as Florida began its Phase 2 reopening, the state’s department of health reported 1,419 new coronavirus cases—its biggest single-day spike since the pandemic arrived in the state.
As recent protests have spread across American cities following the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis, organizers have worked tirelessly to share images and information across social media, urging followers to take action.
Images place us in time, gluing unremarkable and historically urgent moments in a fixed setting or context, but mostly they thrill our senses in other varied ways.Photographer Stephen Maturen’s snapshot of a young black protester—on his knees and shirtless, hands raised like a goal post—is an image of staggering breadth.