Spike Lee praised Darnella Frazier — the teenager who captured George Floyd‘s demise on video, sparking worldwide protests — whereas presenting her with an award for braveness.
The famed director mentioned he was “pleased with my sister” in presenting Frazier with the 2020 PEN/Benenson Freedom of Expression Braveness Award throughout Tuesday evening’s PEN America Digital Gala. Spike made word of what everybody’s been saying about Frazer … her braveness to face there for greater than 10 minutes to document each minute of George’s final dying breath reverberated all over the world.
For her half … Frazer mentioned the whole lot that transpired after posting the video on social media has been so much to absorb and NOTHING she would have ever imagined. She additionally mentioned she felt honored about Spike presenting the award.
The org famous Frazer did not got down to change the world on Might 25 … simply one other teenager looking for her younger cousin heading to a close-by retailer when she noticed Floyd’s encounter with cops … together with ex-cop Derek Chauvin urgent his knee on Floyd’s neck.
As we reported … Darnella’s bravery did not come with out her dealing with her personal penalties within the aftermath of her video. Her household instructed us they sought remedy to assist Darnella address the emotional trauma.
Her video would in the end spark a worldwide motion in opposition to racism and injustice, ensuing within the Minneapolis cops concerned to be fired and face felony fees, together with homicide. And it was Frazer’s video that sparked the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act … handed by the U.S. Home of Representatives. The video additionally led to police reform in additional than 20 U.S. states.