Approximately two years after George Floyd’s murder under the knee of a police officer, his brother Terrence Floyd is still fighting for justice and police reforms.
“Police reform is changing, but it’s not changing at a rapid pace,” says Terrence. “But it’s changing and Nothing in the physical form will change until you change your mindset,” adds Terrance.
In the fight to get justice for his brother’s murder, Terrence has turned to the unlikeliest corners to do just that: NFTs (non-fungible tokens). An NFT is basically a piece of code that generates itself as art and that has a unique “bar code,” or token, on the blockchain, a decentralized transaction system with a shared public record. Owning an NFT is like owning the original of a collectible such as a baseball or a pokemon card.
Terrence Floyd, founder of the nonprofit We Are Floyd Org is working with Confront Art to release 9,000 NFTs on mintNFT.com in honor of Justice Day, which is April 15. The organization aims to help communities deal with mental health issues, poverty, and social injustice. George Floyd NFT Collection Drops on 28th April.
Apart from We Are Floyd Org, the funds from the project will go to three charities: the Breonna Taylor Foundation, and the John and Lillian Miles Lewis Foundation.
Additionally, the charity campaign will partner up with the families of the late Rep. John Lewis, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, along with participation from Grammy Award-winning singer and former TV host Dionne Warwick.
Dionne Warwick’s thoughts on the project,
“I certainly support this project, “There are many people I know that this will benefit. And it will be something that’s an approachable way for people to get involved.”
This was the tweet from Dionne earlier this month,
Referring to the campaign, Warwick also said that “I hope that this message will reach enough people to have them participate in this — and that is vitally important,”. and further emphasized that “We must raise these funds.”
George Floyd NFT Campaign- The goal is to inspire others to co-create artwork
As the campaign for George Floyd digital art gears up for its launch, organizers say they’re aiming to celebrate and support diverse emerging NFT artists and their work while also helping the charities and supporting the cause.
Here is what Confront Art co-founders Andrew Cohen and Lindsay Eshelman emphasized in a news release:
“We are constantly looking for innovative ways to support artists and charities”
Further, they added,
“We are excited to bring together entertainment legends and emerging artists alike for a major movement for social justice and charity in the metaverse.”
According to the organizers of George Floyd’s NFT campaign, the fundraiser is simply an extension of Confront Art’s “SEEINJUSTICE” series, which portrayed sculptures of Lewis, Taylor, and Floyd created by artist Chris Carnabuci.
Racial divide in the country-George Floyd Case
With the U.S. nearing the two-year anniversary of Geroge Floyd’s murder, his brother said in the news release that there’s still tension and division among Americans when it comes to racial injustice.
In February, a federal jury found three former Minneapolis police officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, guilty of violating George Floyd’s civil rights.
The three officers faced federal civil rights charges over their conduct on May 25, 2020, when they joined Derek Chauvin in holding 46-year-old Floyd to the ground for approximately nine minutes as they kept bystanders away.
All three were charged with willfully and without due process curbing Floyd of his right to liberty. The maximum sentence for violating George Floyd’s civil rights resulting in his death is life in prison, however, a sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.
NFTs are a gift that will last longer
The buzz surrounding cryptocurrency and NFTs is on the rise. The buzz is simply about the concept of using tech to sell art digitally it can be a drawing, photo, or even a piece of music.
Katie Haun, a general partner at venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz said “Remember those days when people would line up for the newest Nike Air Jordan sneakers at the physical store? This is the new digital equivalent” “It’s everything that brings together culture, and it’s also a bet on the future of e-commerce,” Haun emphasized.
Although, when it comes to NFTs, some people are on the fence regarding the safety, viability, and ethics of cryptocurrency.
“For people who participate in the NFT space as purchasers, there needs to be a fairly healthy dose of diligence,” says Tim Nielsen, an attorney and the founder of a fan engagement, and social platform “Cloutchain”.
Further, Nielsen says that, though there’s some skepticism surrounding NFTs and cryptocurrency when it comes to philanthropy, the benefits will outweigh the risks.
He also adds that -“One interesting thing about blockchain technology is that the transactions are all publicly traceable,” and “These are risks that have some counterbalances and positives.”
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