George Floyd wasn’t the only black life killed in the summer of 2020. Rioting erupted across the country, mostly in black communities, under the banner Black Lives Matter (BLM). In just 14 days, 19 people were dead, and the damage tallied between $1 billion and $2 billion in insurance claims, according to Axios.
One victim was retired St. Louis Police Captain David Dorn, who was shot and killed by a looter. Dorn’s widow, Ann Dorn, is a retired officer herself and she describes the lasting impact of the riots, including a dangerously understaffed police force. She also says none of the money raised by BLM went back into the communities that suffered and she’s working to hold corporate backers of BLM accountable. That’s just one of her energetic initiatives to make sure her husband’s death was not in vain.
If you’d like to sign the pledge to hold BLM corporate backers accountable you can find it here with Concerned Communities for America.
Next, BLM raised $90 million in the year after George Floyd’s death. In America Q&A, we ask: Do you recall hearing how that money was spent?
Finally, in our second America Q&A, as the CDC loosens COVID guidelines, we ask people across the country: Do you think the pandemic is over?