One doesn’t really need to follow the news or social media very closely to know of the crisis United States is going through these days. There are public protests all around and it’s the most important period the country has ever seen. The protests erupted after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and the events started taking place all over the 50 states in the US.
As a result a few Apple Stores were looted and closed down. To cater to the situation, the company decided to erect large boards for preventing stores from getting the windows smashed.
However, these boards and stores have turned into great spots for the protestors to get together and record their protests.
In last few days, the artist communities have used many boarded up Apple Stores for promoting ‘peace over violence’. The artist Emma Berger participated in such activities in Portland and painted George Floyd’s mural with the words “I can’t Breathe” on walls surrounding the Apple Pioneer Place.
There have been similar incidents reported in Naperville, Illinois where the boards have been covered by the protestors with the notes stating messages related to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. There are many other stores where the artists used those boards as their blank canvases to show their creative side too.
An open letter also came from Tim Coo, the Apple CEO, where he spoke about racism as the US continues to deal with the police brutality.
“At Apple, our mission has been and always will be to create technology that empowers people to change the world for the better. We’ve always drawn strength from diversity, welcomed people from every walk of life to our stores around the world, and strived to build an Apple that is inclusive of everyone.”
The protests continue in the United States even today and we don’t know where it all is going to stop. Apple Stores seem to have been taken up and they are helping the protestors in a way to record their protests in quite a unique manner.