With just one simple yet courageous act at the right place and the right time, the 17-year-old Darnella Frazier marked the beginning of a bold movement against racism and violent behavior by the police. The unfortunate death of George Floyd is nor forgotten neither it is forgiven and it will never be. The video that went viral on the social media platforms that showed us the truth behind Floyd’s arrest remained crucial in the whole Anti-racism movement and the teenager who recorded the video has now been awarded the Award for Courage.
Darnella Frazier, who is just a teenager, did not hesitate to take out her phone and record the arrest of George Floyd when she noticed that he was being taken into custody on May 25.
The video shows the final moments of Floyd’s life in which he was begging the officer to leave him and stop pressing his knee against his neck because he was not able to breathe. This went on for eight more minutes until he finally lost consciousness and died at the moment.
For a teenager like Darnella, the moments could have been scary but she didn’t stop recording and continued in order to bring out the truth and later posted it on all social media platforms that ultimately encouraged millions to stand up and raise their voice against racism.
PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement: “With nothing more than a cell phone and sheer guts, Darnella changed the course of history in this country, sparking a bold movement demanding an end to systemic anti-Black racism and violence at the hands of police.
“With remarkable steadiness, Darnella carried out the expressive act of bearing witness and allowing hundreds of millions around the world to see what she saw. Without Darnella’s presence of mind and readiness to risk her own safety and wellbeing, we may never have known the truth about George Floyd’s murder.
“We are proud to recognize her exceptional courage with this award.”
Darnella Frazier, who was surprised after receiving the Award for Courage said, “I never would’ve imagined out of my whole 17 years of living that this’ll be me,” she said after accepting the Award for Courage. “It’s just a lot to take in, but I couldn’t say thank you enough for everything that’s been coming towards me.”