Teenager who recorded the demise of George Floyd was honored
I know this is right! It’s not every day that someone receives a Pulitzer Prize who is not a journalist! Many of you know Darnella Frazier. She is the young woman who recorded the over 8-minute interaction with former Minneapolis police officers that led to the death of George Floyd. Darnella also testified during the Derek Chauvin trial last March. Darnella has been recognized for her brave deeds and some called on her to receive the prestigious honor, including former Pulitzer Prize winner juror Roy Peter Clark.
Roy felt Darnella should be considered, and he acknowledged that “the material and creator are outside the traditional boundaries” of awards, but her video has a “social and ethical purpose that is consistent with journalistic values “. It seems like the Pulitzer Prize Board of Directors has kept its ears to the streets and paid attention to the people who stand up for Darnella. Pulitzer announced today that Darnella will receive a special award, according to the Washington Post. In a statement, they said: “To boldly report on the murder of George Floyd, a video that sparked protests against police brutality around the world and highlighted the vital role of citizens in journalists’ search for truth and justice.”
Darnella has been pretty quiet on social media since Derek Chauvin was convicted of George’s murder. At the time, she posted a statement on her Facebook page that seemed like a sigh of relief. “I just cried like that. My heart was beating so fast in this last hour. I was so scared, the fear jumped through the roof. But GUILTY TO KNOW ALL 3 DEPOSITS !!! She wrote. She continued: “THANK YOU, GOD. THANKS. THANKS. THANK YOU THANK YOU. George Floyd, we did it !! Justice has been done. “
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