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ANALYSIS: BLM Has Turned George Floyd Into A Martyred Saint

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Varun Hukeri General Assignment & Analysis Reporter
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George Floyd’s death while former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck in May 2020 sparked nationwide civil unrest, but reactions to his death and Chauvin’s April trial (and conviction) notably featured religious undertones resembling the sanctification of a martyred saint.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi thanked Floyd for “sacrificing” his life in an April 20 press conference with the Congressional Black Caucus held shortly after Chauvin was convicted of murder. Pelosi’s comments were filled with religious undertones as she proclaimed that Floyd’s name is now “synonymous with justice and dignity and grace and fairness and prayerfulness.”