Surfers participate in a ceremony at "The Ink Well" beach to honour George Floyd.
On a sliver of sand that before the Civil Rights era was derisively dubbed "The Ink Well" because of its popularity among black people, hundreds of surfers gathered to honour the life of George Floyd and other African Americans killed by police.
The occasion was a paddle out, a Hawaiian tradition to celebrate a life and mourn its passing, organized by Black Girls Surf to share the pain they are feeling with devotees of a sport that has not always welcomed them.
"This speaks so much more to people because if you think about black girls surfing in the ocean, people are like, 'Ha, ha, you don’t surf,’” Sayuri Blondt said.
"But when you see everyone coming out to support us, it sends a message in a very unusual way and catches people’s attention.”
More than 200 surfers of all ages and races paddled through a set of crashing waves under cloudy skies to form a massive circle near the Santa Monica Pier, where they chanted Floyd’s name nine times to mark the nearly nine minutes prosecutors say his neck was pinned to the ground under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer.
They also sang "Happy Birthday” in memory of Breonna Taylor, who was shot in March by Louisville, Kentucky, police officers and would have turned 27 Friday.
Panpan Wang, who had "Black Lives Matter” written in marker on his back and Floyd and Taylor's names across his chest, said he became emotional floating in the water while thinking of how they died.
Giovanni Douresseau, who grew up in South LA and was nearly arrested his first time surfing after being mistaken as a criminal, told his fellow surfers that his heart broke at Floyd's death.
Video of Floyd in handcuffs saying he couldn't breathe reminded him of the way he had seen uncles and a brother treated by police.
The event held at beaches around the world was organized by Rhonda Harper, who founded Black Girls Surf to help bring others like herself to the sport. Surfing has not traditionally welcomed black people, and Harper, who dreamed of being a pro surfer at 15, had no one to look to for inspiration.
She has often felt her white surfer friends don't understand her anguish when she posts about police killings on social media.
Paddle outs were held in Dakar, Senegal, and Galveston, Texas, as well as Australia. On a beach in Biarritz, France, surfers spelled the word unity with their surfboards.
At Huntington beach, known as Surf City USA, south of LA, they grabbed daisies and sunflowers from buckets labeled unity, solidarity and peace to drop in the water.
A small group of kayakers in New Jersey held a moment of silence on the Hackensack River.
The Santa Monica event was held at a beach commemorated with a plaque noting its importance as a place where African Americans could avoid racial harassment even after beaches were desegregated in 1927.
It came less than a week after Floyd's death inspired a protest a few blocks from the beach that was overshadowed by damage, break-ins and thefts nearby.
Authorities were looking for Mason James Lira, 26, a transient from the Monterey area of the Central Coast, and he was considered armed and dangerous, the San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office said in an announcement late Wednesday night.
Emma was slammed for posting three images instead of one, with many social media users feeling she was paying more attention to the aesthetic of her Instagram page rather than the spirit of the protest.
Cardi B appealed to her fans to vote out Donald Trump in the upcoming 3 November US election.
Actor and former WWE star Dwayne Johnson has shared a video in which he expresses support for the Black Lives Matter movement and calls out Donald Trump for his failures as a leader in the wake of George Floyd‘s death.
In fact, as we walked, we gradually realized that thousands of Porsche drivers were converging for a convention, one of many luxury-car events the area hosts every year.
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