An arrest at the George Floyd protests: Mel D Cole’s best photograph

‘As soon as I took this shot, I knew it was special – something pretty much all Black people could relate to. This man was arrested for daring to question authority. I’ve been arrested for the same thing’ I took this on the first day of the protests in Foley Square, New York, following the […]

No more white saviours, thanks: how to be a true anti-racist ally | Nova Reid

In order for true diversity to flourish, we need to first become unswervingly anti-racist. That means doing more than watching a few documentaries or reading some books, says Nova Reid. Consciously ‘unlearning’ racism is the crucial first step I felt overwhelmed: 40,000 hits to my website – 50 times more than the average month – […]

BLM gives cautious welcome to Queen’s reported backing

Anti-racism movement says ‘actions speak louder than words’ after comments attributing royal assent Black Lives Matter UK has expressed surprise after the Queen and the royal family were said to support its cause, but the anti-racism movement stressed that “actions speak louder than words”. Sir Ken Olisa, the first black lord-lieutenant for London, revealed to […]

Elijah McClain: Colorado grand jury indicts five over Black man’s death

• Attorney general: three police and two paramedics face charges • 23-year-old died after being stopped on suburban Denver street Colorado’s attorney general said on Wednesday that a grand jury had indicted three officers and two paramedics in the killing of Elijah McClain, a Black man who was put in a chokehold and injected with […]

On my radar: Claudia Rankine’s cultural highlights

The poet and playwright on her love of The White Lotus, the example of Naomi Osaka, and what stayed with her from the George Floyd murder trial Claudia Rankine is a poet, essayist, playwright and a professor of poetry at Yale. Born in Jamaica in 1963, she moved to America as a child and later […]

Police officer keeps job after sharing offensive George Floyd meme

Sgt Geraint Jones of Devon and Cornwall force given final written warning by disciplinary panel A police officer who sent an offensive meme depicting the arrest of George Floyd to a WhatsApp group of colleagues has avoided losing his job. Sgt Geraint Jones received a final written warning by a police disciplinary panel after an […]

Instagram user accused of capitalising from Ijeoma Oluo’s anti-racist book

The white woman behind the popular Instagram account @soyouwanttotalkabout has apologised after claims that she has co-opted the black author’s brand The white woman behind an Instagram account with almost three million followers has apologised for the “harm” she caused to bestselling black author Ijeoma Oluo. Oluo’s examination of race in America, So You Want […]

Spike Lee: ‘You hope that black people will stop being hunted down like animals’

The director has spoken about race at the Cannes film festival, where he is the first black president of the Palme d’Or jury Spike Lee commented on the US’s current racial justice crisis in typically forthright fashion at the Cannes film festival on Tuesday, saying he hoped the time had come that “black people will […]

Grime artist Saskilla criticises music industry for a lack of change

Star’s Do Black Lives Still Matter? BBC documentary finds black people are still denied opportunities A leading grime artist and presenter has condemned the lack of meaningful change in the music industry since last summer’s anti-racist protests, and criticised record labels for benefiting from black stars but still failing to invest in and retain black […]

Keith Ellison urges Congress to act on stalled police reform after Chauvin sentencing

Minnesota attorney general secured conviction and sentencing of former police officer who murdered George Floyd last year Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years for murder of George Floyd The Minnesota attorney general who secured the conviction and sentencing of Derek Chauvin said on Sunday Congress must pass stalled policing reform named for George Floyd, the African […]

Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22.5 years in prison for murder of George Floyd

Four members of the Floyd family, including his seven-year-old daughter Gianna, gave statements before the sentencing Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who murdered George Floyd, has been sentenced to 22 years and six months for second-degree murder, closing one chapter of a case that thrust the issue of race and American policing back […]

George Floyd memorials vandalised in New York and New Jersey

• Statues daubed with reference to far-right hate group • Attacks come on eve of sentencing of Derek Chauvin for murder Supporters of a white nationalist hate group defaced brand-new memorials to George Floyd in New York and New Jersey this week, even as the nation awaits a sentence for Floyd’s murderer. Vandals painted the […]

Ali Smith wins Orwell prize for novel taking in Covid-19 and Brexit

Summer, written at speed last year, takes political fiction award while Joshua Yaffa’s Between Two Fires takes matching nonfiction honour Ali Smith has won the Orwell prize for political fiction for Summer, a novel written at speed last year, which judges described as “a time-capsule which will prove to be essential reading for anyone seeking […]

Cambridge college ends critical examination of founder Winston Churchill

Working party at Churchill College disbands after dispute over event about British PM and racism Churchill College has halted a critical examination of its founder, Winston Churchill, by abruptly ending the role of a working party set up last year in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Initially intended as a year-long programme […]

Justice department watchdog launches inquiry into seizure of Democrats’ data – live

Congress members’ phone records targeted by Trump DoJ Schumer calls for Barr and Sessions to testify before Senate Trump DoJ secretly seized House Democrats’ data in crackdown on leaks 10.26pm BST Darnella Frazier, the young woman who filmed the police murder of George Floyd, has been awarded a special citation by the Pulitzer prizes board […]

Pulitzer board honors Darnella Frazier for her ‘courageous’ George Floyd video

Her video documenting the murder of a Black man at the hands of a white police officer helped galvanize a global movement The teenager whose video documenting the murder of George Floyd helped galvanize a global movement over racial injustice was awarded a special citation by the Pulitzer prizes board. Darnella Frazier was 17 at […]

The fearful boo those who take the knee. But that won’t stop the world from changing | Hugh Muir

Although Boris Johnson refused to condemn the fans, that doesn’t detract from the bravery of the England footballers Booooo! As has become their ritual, England’s footballers took the knee this weekend. And as has become their ritual, a section of the England fans, newly permitted to congregate at stadiums post-pandemic, took the opportunity to barrack […]

The Guardian view on footballers taking the knee: don’t boo, cheer | Editorial

Players are not obliged to keep their indignation about racism to themselves The decision by the England football squad to “take the knee” was a landmark in recognising that racism is a pernicious blight on the game. This has been a slow process spanning decades, but it has gained momentum since the murder of George […]

Virginia supreme court to hear cases challenging removal of Confederate statue

Governor’s plan to take down a 131-year-old statue of Gen Robert E Lee came after George Floyd was murdered by a police officer The supreme court of Virginia will this week hear arguments in legal challenges to Governor Ralph Northam’s plan to take down a 131-year-old statue of Confederate Gen Robert E Lee, a move […]

Zakiya Dalila Harris: ‘Publishing is such a spoofable world’

The author of a debut novel about diversity in the workplace on how black people act around white people, embracing her hair, and what’s changed a year after George Floyd’s murder Zakiya Dalila Harris was born and raised in Connecticut and is currently based in Brooklyn. Now a full-time writer, she previously worked in book […]

Trayvon Martin family lawyer Natalie Jackson announces run for Congress

Florida attorney who has received endorsements from Benjamin Crump and Philonise Floyd is running to replace Val Demings Natalie Jackson, a prominent Florida attorney whose clients include Trayvon Martin’s family, is running to replace Representative Val Demings in Congress next year. Just days into her campaign for the Orlando-based House seat, Jackson has already garnered […]

Two lives changed by the death of George Floyd

A year ago, the murder of George Floyd caused outrage in Minneapolis – and kicked off a protest movement that spread across the world. How do the young Black people at the heart of the story live with his legacy? A year after George Floyd was murdered, the movement instigated by his death has spread […]

Starmer promises race equality act, a year on from George Floyd’s murder

Leader commits a future Labour government to eradicating structural racism in the UK Keir Starmer has vowed to introduce a race equality act to address inequalities exposed by the coronavirus pandemic on the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder, as vigils are held across the UK to mourn his death. The Labour leader, in a joint […]

George Floyd’s family urges Biden to pass a policing reform bill – live

President has private meeting with members of Floyd’s family One year on, how George Floyd’s murder has changed the world Biden confirms he’ll meet Vladimir Putin in Switzerland next month 10.29pm BST Capitol riot defendants argue that jail conditions are ‘psychologically damaging’ Defense lawyers representing alleged capitol rioters who have been jailed before trial are […]

Tell us: are you attending a UK vigil to mark the anniversary of George Floyd’s death?

We would like to hear from people who plan to attend a vigil to commemorate the first anniversary of the murder of George Floyd Vigils are to be held across the UK to mark the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 25 May last year after a […]

More than just a statue: why removing Rhodes matters | Simukai Chigudu

In the context of a worldwide movement against race hate, Oriel College’s position makes no sense Simukai Chigudu is associate professor of African politics at the University of Oxford Anger is a potent, if volatile, political force. It can be channelled toward many ends. It’s often dismissed as counterproductive, but Audre Lorde, the African American […]

Biden to meet with George Floyd family but miss police reform deadline

President wanted George Floyd Justice in Policing Act passed by 25 May, on anniversary of police killing but bill is stalled in the Senate Joe Biden will on Tuesday meet the family of George Floyd on the first anniversary of his murder by police in Minneapolis – but miss his own deadline for police reform […]

‘I allowed myself to feel guilty for a very long time’: the teenage cashier who took George Floyd’s $20 bill

A year ago, Christopher Martin took an allegedly counterfeit bill. The police were called, and shortly after, Floyd would be dead Christopher Martin lived above a bricked grocery store in south Minneapolis, with a maroon awning and bold red signage that reads Cup Foods. So when a cashier’s position came up last year, he took […]

Protesters in London mark anniversary of George Floyd death

Anti-racism demonstration outside the US embassy one of a number taking place across UK Anti-racism protesters have called for “justice” as they gathered in south-west London to commemorate almost a year since the death of George Floyd. About a dozen campaigners from Stand Up To Racism held placards and chanted outside the US embassy in […]