Fall Out Boy have shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement with a huge donation of $100,000.
The donation arrives as thousands of people around the world take to the streets in protest of racial injustice and police brutality, a moment which was sparked by the death of unarmed African American man George Floyd.
George Floyd, a black man from Minnesota, was murdered by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin when knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during an arrest. Floyd, who was handcuffed and lying face down on the road, was unresponsive for 2 minutes and 53 seconds while the officer held his knee down on his neck.
Three other arresting officers, Thomas K. Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, also held Floyd down for this period. The incident, caught both on local CCTV and by video recordings secured bystanders, showed Floyd repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” while the officer held his knee on the back of his neck.
The death has sparked mass protests across the United States with all four officers involved being fired the next day. Chauvin, the white officer who held down his knee, has since been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Now, in a bid to support the movement, Fall Out Boy have provided significant financial aid: “When you discover rot deep within your house you don’t just paint over it,” the group wrote in a statement issued to social media. “You dismantle it and rebuild a better house.”
Adding: “We support the black community in the struggle against racial inequality, injustice, and police brutality by committing $100,000 from the Fall Out Boy Fund this summer.
“We realise this is a marathon not a sprint and plan to continue and expand our support.”