Darnella frazier – the teenager who recorded George floyddeath under Derek chauvin‘s knee – just earned a special mention at this year’s Pulitzer Prize.
Pulitzer Prize co-chair Mindy Marqués said in Friday’s announcement that Floyd’s story, in particular, underscored not only the essential role of journalists, but the growing importance of ordinary citizens.
She added: “We want to note that the board of directors awarded a special citation to Darnella Frazier, the teenage witness who filmed and posted the transformative video that rocked viewers and sparked protests against police brutality around the world. . “
The honor was presented after the board of directors awarded the Minneapolis Star-Tribune the Pulitzer – arguably the most prestigious award in journalism – for reporting on Floyd’s death and its aftermath.
Darnella was 17 when she pulled out her phone to record the fatal arrest. After posting the video on social media, it spread like wildfire across the world, causing a global movement against police brutality.
But, after the video went viral, Darnella said she had to move from home for more security. She also suffered from anxiety attacks and couldn’t sleep… often waking up shaking until her mother rocked her back to sleep.
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On the 1 year anniversary of Floyd’s death… Darnella said that although it was a life-changing traumatic experience, she was still proud of herself. She added: “If it hadn’t been for my video, the world wouldn’t have known the truth.”
Video, of course, played a huge role in the lawsuits and condemnation of Chauvin.
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