One of the major things to have happened in 2020 which has been both socially and politically awakening was the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. The death of George Floyd ignited mass protests in the US and around the world. Millions of people took part in the same. Looking back the happenings, former First Lady Michelle Obama poured her heart out on the BLM movement.
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In an Instagram post, she wrote about the lasting impact of BLM. She mentioned the importance of embracing kindness and humanity at an individual as well as societal level.
She posted a video showing a man carrying another man on his shoulders. For the former First Lady, the holidays have been a chance to slow down and reflect. After enduring so much this year, what stayed the most with her was the passionate message of justice and empathy which defined the Black Lives Matter protests around the world.
She mentioned Patrick Hutchinson, who was the man in the clip carrying another man to safety.
As per the news reports, Patrick Hutchinson was a protester in the UK. He displayed unwavering courage and humanity, when he had carried a stranger to safety during a BLM protest in June. The fact that the man may have been a ‘counter protester’ did not stop him from helping the man.
Michelle further wrote, “I want to highlight this story because it’s hard to see so many people distort the unity and righteousness of these protests. They’ve been sowing seeds of division, misrepresenting those crying out for justice as troublemakers or criminals. The truth is the millions around the world who showed up with their homemade signs were marching with the same kind of compassion that Mr. Hutchinson shows here”.
She hopes more people find it in their hearts to meet these cries for decency not with mistrust, but with love and a willingness to listen. In 2021, she prays that more people will reach out to understand the experiences of those who don’t look, or vote, or think like we do. She further prays that we learn to pause when we’re tempted to react in anger or suspicion.