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BabyNames.Com Posts Powerful Image to Support Black Lives Matter

“Each one of these was somebody’s baby.”
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
June 10, 2020
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If you’ve clicked on BabyNames.com in the past couple of days, you’ve likely seen something different than their usual trending baby names section—a tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement.

On the homepage of the website is a giant black square that lists the names of Black men and women that have been killed in recent years due to police brutality, including Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Dante Parker, Erica Garner, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and many more. “Each one of these was somebody’s baby,” BabyNames.com wrote in a caption alongside the image.

“The statement we’re making is that these are not just names on a page, but loved ones,” a representative from BabyNames.com rep told Jezebel, adding that they were inspired by a similar graphic shared by NPR. BabyNames.com also plans to make a donation to Black Lives Matter in honor of these names. While the rep stated Babynames.com hasn’t yet decided how long the graphic will remain on the site, with the escalation of police brutality, it’s important for everyone to keep in mind that this list of names is constantly growing.

Following the murder of George Floyd on May 25, Tony McDade, yet another black man, was shot and killed at the hands of police officers on May 27. Justin Howell, a student at Texas State University suffered brain damage due to police brutality while out protesting the murder of George Floyd on May 31.

Memorials for the countless victims of police brutality have been cropping up all over the country, from Washington D.C. to the Say Their Names Cemetary in Minnesota. Even after BabyNames.com takes the graphic down from their website, hopefully the message they’ve sent will continue on for a very long time.

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