Voices and images from the protests

While much of the news about the protests triggered by the death of George Floyd has been disturbing, it is good to realize that there have been some hopeful signs, that in many places the protests were peaceful and the police acted with restraint and even in solidarity with the demonstrators.

Meanwhile, Trump continues to accuse Antifa of being behind the violence though the FBI have found no evidence of this in Sunday’s Washington DC protest. But as the video below shows, there have been white provocateurs who have been trying to instigate vandalism and looting despite the pleas of black demonstrators to stop doing so.

Singer Billie Eilish has also added her voice, urging people to not lose sight of the main point.

Singer Billie Eilish denounced the “All Lives Matter” cause Saturday in a statement posted to Instagram in response to the death of George Floyd.

Eilish, 18, wrote that she spent the past week trying to figure out a way to “address this delicately,” referring to proponents of the “All Lives Matter” world view. Eilish, who has more than 63 million Instagram followers, said that she strives to use her “enormous” platform to be respectful and to carefully think through what she says and how she says it.

She then said that if she hears one more white person say, “All lives matter,” she would lose her “f—— mind.”

“No one is saying your life doesn’t matter,” Eilish wrote. “No one is saying your life is not hard. No one is saying literally anything about you.

“This is not about you,” she continued. “Stop making everything about you. You are not in need. You are not in danger.”

Eilish, whose full name is Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell, said she would explain it as she would to a child.

“If your friend gets a cut on their arm are you gonna wait to give all your friends” a Band-Aid first “because all arms matter?” she asked. “No,” she said, adding that you would help your friend who was bleeding because they are in pain and in need.

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