For 9 minutes and 29 seconds, Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on the neck of George Floyd, a Black man handcuffed and pinned on the ground. And thanks to a bystander’s cell phone video, when a nation watched in horror, a racial reckoning was at hand. Now, two years after Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, Chauvin has been convicted and sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison, and Floyd’s family has reached a historic $27 million settlement with the city of Minneapolis.
But has anything really changed? Have we as a country, as a society, learned from the tragedy, moved forward, or is Floyd’s murder just another reminder of how far we still have to go? On the second anniversary of Floyd’s death, BU Today took these questions to several members of the Boston University community. Listen, and read, what they have to say.
comes from an illustration and painting background, but graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a BFA in film/video production. Before BU, Koeun worked at a video production company, where he filmed and edited videos for corporate, nonprofit, and academic clients across North America. Then he went on to win state and national awards for documentaries he produced at a local TV station north of Boston.
Senior Video Producer
creates video content for BU Today, Bostonia online, and The Brink. He is a producer, a cameraman, an editor, and, under duress, a writer.
has been a professional photographer since graduating from the Ohio University VisCom program in 1998. She spent 10 years shooting for newspapers, first in upstate New York, then Palm Beach County, Fla., before moving back to her home city of Boston and joining BU Photography.
is a staff photojournalist at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. She has worked as a staff photographer at newspapers that include the Augusta Chronicle in Augusta, Ga., and at Seacoast Media Group in Portsmouth, N.H., where she was twice named New Hampshire Press Photographer of the Year.