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NBC News 1 Jun 2020

George Floyd Protesters Echo Same Hope For Progress As Protests From Years Before

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Protesters are taking to the same streets, holding signs with the same words, but different names. NBC News' Blayne Alexander speaks with some people about what's driving them to try to be heard again.


New York braces for more protests over death of George Floyd, independent autopsy finds George Floyd's death a homicide caused by asphyxiation, and protesters echo same hope for progress as protests from years before.

Watch "NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt" at 6:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. CT (or check your local listings).
On May 30th, following the death of George Floyd, protesters took to the streets in cities across the U.S. This is why they're protesting, in their own words.
Thousands came to Floyd's hometown of Houston to pay respects. "Nightline" speaks to Rep. Ilhan Omar, who represents Minneapolis, where the city council has voted to dismantle its police department.
Thousands of people across the U.S. are calling for racial justice and police reform following the death of George Floyd.

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THE DEATH OF GEORGE FLOYD BUT THE ANGER DRIVING THEM GOES BACK
FLOYD BUT THE ANGER DRIVING THEM GOES BACK MUCH FARTHER.
DRIVING THEM GOES BACK MUCH FARTHER. HERE’S BLANE
MUCH FARTHER. HERE’S BLANE ALEXANDER.
HERE’S BLANE ALEXANDER. >> Reporter: WE HAVE
ALEXANDER. >> Reporter: WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE.
>> Reporter: WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE. >> YOU HAVE TO DEAL
BEEN HERE BEFORE. >> YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT.
>> YOU HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT. >> IT’S A CONTINUOUS
WITH IT. >> IT’S A CONTINUOUS CYCLE OF HURT AND
>> IT’S A CONTINUOUS CYCLE OF HURT AND KILLING AND SENSELESS
CYCLE OF HURT AND KILLING AND SENSELESS VIOLENCE.
KILLING AND SENSELESS VIOLENCE. >> Reporter:
VIOLENCE. >> Reporter: PROTESTERS TAKING TO
>> Reporter: PROTESTERS TAKING TO THE SAME STREETS,
PROTESTERS TAKING TO THE SAME STREETS, SIGNS WITH THE SAME
THE SAME STREETS, SIGNS WITH THE SAME WORDS, CHANTS ECHOING
SIGNS WITH THE SAME WORDS, CHANTS ECHOING THE SAME MESSAGE.
WORDS, CHANTS ECHOING THE SAME MESSAGE. >> NO JUSTICE, NO
THE SAME MESSAGE. >> NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!
>> NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE! >> THE ONLY
PEACE! >> THE ONLY DIFFERENCE, THE NAMES,
>> THE ONLY DIFFERENCE, THE NAMES, AND THE SAME HOPE IS
DIFFERENCE, THE NAMES, AND THE SAME HOPE IS FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER
AND THE SAME HOPE IS FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER DEATH.
FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER DEATH. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE
DEATH. HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE PROTESTED THIS BEFORE
HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE PROTESTED THIS BEFORE IN SOME FORM?
PROTESTED THIS BEFORE IN SOME FORM? SO ALL OF YOU ALL HAVE
IN SOME FORM? SO ALL OF YOU ALL HAVE BEEN OUT PROTESTING
SO ALL OF YOU ALL HAVE BEEN OUT PROTESTING POLICE BRUTALITY IN
BEEN OUT PROTESTING POLICE BRUTALITY IN SOME FORM BEFORE.
POLICE BRUTALITY IN SOME FORM BEFORE. >> I HAVE TO PROTEST
SOME FORM BEFORE. >> I HAVE TO PROTEST MY RIGHT TO NOT BE
>> I HAVE TO PROTEST MY RIGHT TO NOT BE KILLED.
MY RIGHT TO NOT BE KILLED. >> Reporter: IT’S THAT
KILLED. >> Reporter: IT’S THAT FEELING OF
>> Reporter: IT’S THAT FEELING OF FRUSTRATION, A
FEELING OF FRUSTRATION, A DESPERATION DRIVING SO
FRUSTRATION, A DESPERATION DRIVING SO MANY TO TRY YET AGAIN
DESPERATION DRIVING SO MANY TO TRY YET AGAIN TO BE HEARD.
MANY TO TRY YET AGAIN TO BE HEARD. >> IT FEELS DIFFERENT.
TO BE HEARD. >> IT FEELS DIFFERENT. >> Reporter: BRITTANY
>> IT FEELS DIFFERENT. >> Reporter: BRITTANY HELPED ORGANIZE
>> Reporter: BRITTANY HELPED ORGANIZE RALLIES IN FERGUSON
HELPED ORGANIZE RALLIES IN FERGUSON SIX YEARS AGO.
RALLIES IN FERGUSON SIX YEARS AGO. >> CERTAINLY THERE IS
SIX YEARS AGO. >> CERTAINLY THERE IS A FRUSTRATION AND A
>> CERTAINLY THERE IS A FRUSTRATION AND A DESPAIR AND AN
A FRUSTRATION AND A DESPAIR AND AN EXHAUSTION THAT IS
DESPAIR AND AN EXHAUSTION THAT IS VERY FAMILIAR, BUT
EXHAUSTION THAT IS VERY FAMILIAR, BUT ALSO THERE IS MORE
VERY FAMILIAR, BUT ALSO THERE IS MORE UNDERSTANDING THAT
ALSO THERE IS MORE UNDERSTANDING THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO BE
UNDERSTANDING THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO BE ACTIVELY ANTI-RACIST
PEOPLE HAVE TO BE ACTIVELY ANTI-RACIST IN THEIR EVERYDAY
ACTIVELY ANTI-RACIST IN THEIR EVERYDAY LIVES.
IN THEIR EVERYDAY LIVES. >> Reporter: BUT JUST
LIVES. >> Reporter: BUT JUST LIKE THEN, CALM IS
>> Reporter: BUT JUST LIKE THEN, CALM IS TURNING TO CHAOS.
LIKE THEN, CALM IS TURNING TO CHAOS. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND
TURNING TO CHAOS. PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL
PRESIDENT TRUMP AND HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL SAY THE VIOLENCE IS
HIS ATTORNEY GENERAL SAY THE VIOLENCE IS FUELED BY ANTIFA, A
SAY THE VIOLENCE IS FUELED BY ANTIFA, A MILITANT ANTI-FASCIST
FUELED BY ANTIFA, A MILITANT ANTI-FASCIST MOVEMENT, BUT HAVE NOT
MILITANT ANTI-FASCIST MOVEMENT, BUT HAVE NOT PROVIDED PROOF OF
MOVEMENT, BUT HAVE NOT PROVIDED PROOF OF THAT.
PROVIDED PROOF OF THAT. LOCAL OFFICIALS SAY
THAT. LOCAL OFFICIALS SAY THEY BELIEVE SOME
LOCAL OFFICIALS SAY THEY BELIEVE SOME ANARCHISTS AND OTHER
THEY BELIEVE SOME ANARCHISTS AND OTHER EXTREME GROUPS ARE
ANARCHISTS AND OTHER EXTREME GROUPS ARE DIRECTING LOOTING AND
EXTREME GROUPS ARE DIRECTING LOOTING AND OTHER VIOLENCE.
DIRECTING LOOTING AND OTHER VIOLENCE. IN AN ESSAY TODAY,
OTHER VIOLENCE. IN AN ESSAY TODAY, FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA
IN AN ESSAY TODAY, FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS WE SHOULD NOT
FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA SAYS WE SHOULD NOT EXCUSE VIOLENCE OR
SAYS WE SHOULD NOT EXCUSE VIOLENCE OR RATION ALIZE IT OR
EXCUSE VIOLENCE OR RATION ALIZE IT OR PARTICIPATE IN IT.
RATION ALIZE IT OR PARTICIPATE IN IT. HE SAID REFORMS TO THE
PARTICIPATE IN IT. HE SAID REFORMS TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND
HE SAID REFORMS TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE
POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM OFTEN HAPPEN AT
THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM OFTEN HAPPEN AT STATE AND LOCAL
SYSTEM OFTEN HAPPEN AT STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS.
STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS. THIS VIDEO FROM
LEVELS. THIS VIDEO FROM CHARLOTTE VIEWED
THIS VIDEO FROM CHARLOTTE VIEWED MILLIONS OF TIMES
CHARLOTTE VIEWED MILLIONS OF TIMES CAPTURES A RAW PAIN
MILLIONS OF TIMES CAPTURES A RAW PAIN SPANNING GENERATIONS.
CAPTURES A RAW PAIN SPANNING GENERATIONS. >> RIGHT NOW.
SPANNING GENERATIONS. >> RIGHT NOW. IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN.
>> RIGHT NOW. IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. TEN YEARS FROM NOW.
IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. TEN YEARS FROM NOW. AT 16, WHAT YOU DO IS
TEN YEARS FROM NOW. AT 16, WHAT YOU DO IS COME UP WITH A BETTER
AT 16, WHAT YOU DO IS COME UP WITH A BETTER WAY.
COME UP WITH A BETTER WAY. BE ANGRY AT 46.
WAY. BE ANGRY AT 46. I’M ANGRY AT 31.
BE ANGRY AT 46. I’M ANGRY AT 31. YOU ANGRY AT 16.
I’M ANGRY AT 31. YOU ANGRY AT 16. >> Reporter: AND SO,
YOU ANGRY AT 16. >> Reporter: AND SO, THAT IS WHY THEY
>> Reporter: AND SO, THAT IS WHY THEY MARCH.
THAT IS WHY THEY MARCH. >> WE’RE TRYING TO
MARCH. >> WE’RE TRYING TO TEACH OUR KIDS THAT,
>> WE’RE TRYING TO TEACH OUR KIDS THAT, YES, YOU CAN HAVE A
TEACH OUR KIDS THAT, YES, YOU CAN HAVE A VOICE.
YES, YOU CAN HAVE A VOICE. YOU CAN STAND FOR
VOICE. YOU CAN STAND FOR WHAT’S RIGHT.
YOU CAN STAND FOR WHAT’S RIGHT. >> Reporter: P WITH
WHAT’S RIGHT. >> Reporter: P WITH THE HOPE THAT THIS

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