American actor, director and producer, Jordan Peele, has donated an incredibly generous sum of $1million to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Peele, who has been outspoken in the criticism of systemic racism and police brutality, has joined the thousands of people walking the streets in protest in recent weeks following the death of George Floyd.
George Floyd, an African-American 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 those working hard to keep the fight for racial equality going, Peele and his company Monkeypaw Productions have moved to financially help those who need it most.
“Jordan Peele and Monkeypaw Productions are proud to donated $1 million across five organisations we see as essential to the health and lives of Black people,” a statement reads. “We are committed to continued action against a system rooted in the violence and oppression of the Black community.”
Peele and Monkeypaw will donate the money to the following insitutions:
- Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective
- Black Lives Matter
- Equal Justice Initiative
- Fair Fight
- Transgender Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project
See the full statement, below.