Vanessa Bryant Shares 6-Year-Old Picture of Kobe Bryant While Sharing Her Thoughts on Recent Protests Following the Death of George Floyd
Vanessa Bryant is remembering her husband and continuing his advocacy all in one Instagram post. On May 31, Bryant took to Instagram to share a photo of her late-husband, NBA legend Kobe Bryant wearing a shirt he wore in 2014.
The shirt sported the words “I can’t breathe.” In 2014, the peaceful protest was in honor of Eric Garner. Garner was a black man who was killed when a New York police officer put his arm around Garner’s neck during an arrest. While the officer’s arm was around his neck, Garner said, “I can’t breathe.”
Six years later, the shirt Bryant and other NBA stars were seen wearing before games in 2014 is prevalent again today. On May 25, citizens of Minnesota watched as a 46-year-old African American man named George Floyd died.
The video that captured Floyd’s death quickly spread across social media as it showed a police officer who arrested him on the suspicion of attempting to use counterfeit money kneeled on his neck while he laid face down on the road in handcuffs.
Floyd begged for the officer to move his knee, for most of the eight minutes and 46 seconds former officer Derek Chauvin was on top of him. During that time Floyd said told the officer that he didn’t feel well, that he couldn’t breathe, and at one point, Floyd said, “I’m going to die.”
Chauvin has since been fired and arrested on third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. The other three officers at the scene were also fired. However, as of May 31, the three other officers have not been charged.
Now, millions around the world are protesting the systematic racism that still lives on in the United States. And those who may not be on the streets protesting are sharing their thoughts on the horrific and tragic death of George Floyd and more.
Vanessa was one of those people. “My husband wore this shirt years ago and yet here we are again,” the wife and mom wrote along with the hashtag, “I CAN’T BREATHE.”
“Life is so fragile. Life is so unpredictable. Life is too short. Let’s share and embrace the beautiful qualities and similarities we all share as people. Drive out hate. Teach respect and love for all at home and [at] school. Spread LOVE. Fight for change- register to VOTE. Do not use innocent lives lost as an excuse to loot. BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE. #BLACKLIVESMATTER.”
The mom of four went on to share another picture that illustrated that until you fix the love in your and address the struggles our country still faces at home, it is only then that the world will change for the better.
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