Following a week of heartbreaking events from Alton Sterling in Louisiana to Philando Castile in Minnesota, back down south to Dallas where five officers were killed, a spiritual and mental turmoil has remained present in people’s everyday lives.
But to bring a sense of hope and faith back to the masses, thousands have poured out in support of combating injustice in law enforcement and forcing those in power to take a meaningful look at gun control policies. From marches to statements calling for real change, actions and words of encouragement rapidly spread across the globe.
According to Fusion, the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., projected a Black Lives Matter sign with victims’ names etched inside the text on Friday (July 8). Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, Jordan Davis, Amadou Diallo, Eric Garner and more were listed.
CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, also issued a statement on the recent deaths at the hands of the police, namely Castile’s death which was recorded by his fiancee, Diamond Reynolds, on Facebook Live.
“While I hope we never have to see another video like Diamond’s it reminds us why coming together to build a more open and connected world is so important — and how far we still have to go,” Zuckerberg writes.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton stated that if Castile wasn’t black, he would still be alive today, mentioning that this occurrence adds to a racist pattern within law enforcement. “Would this have happened if those passengers, the driver were white?” Dayton questioned. “I don’t think it would have.”
Details in terms of a federal investigation are still pending.