Google Play Movies is offering movie rentals and discounts to raise awareness and support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Google Play Movies offers rentals and discounts for Black Lives Matter
The Google Play Movies selection eligible for discounts and free rentals includes movies such as "Just Mercy," "Antwone Fisher," "Ali," "Malcolm X (1972)," "Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom," "The Color Purple," and others.
Keep in mind that some movies are free to rent but come at a discount to purchase. Other movies are eligible for rent and purchase discounts. Some movies are only eligible for purchase, no rents allowed. A total of 37 movies are available for rent and purchase, which means that Play Store shoppers have a lot of content to watch for educational purposes.
Black Lives Matter: what is it?
What does the term "Black Lives Matter" mean? Some see it as nothing more than a racist term against what is a racist movement. And yet, it's not. The term does not refer to African-Americans only, as though no other races (such as Hispanics, Native Americans, and People of Color) matter.
Rather, Black Lives Matter is a movement devoted to raising awareness to police brutality and discrimination against African-Americans. It assumes that all lives matter, which is why it's fighting against racism targeted against black people.
With the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Manuel Ellis, Botham Jean, and others, it is important to understand that African-Americans have become a specific target of police brutality.
African-Americans are being killed at an alarming rate. Though African-Americans comprise small portions of the population in their respective US states, they are more a police target than their Caucasian counterparts.
Recently, George Floyd was called out of his car when he was reported for having paid a store clerk with a presumably counterfeit $20 bill.
After being called out of the car by police, he was forced on the ground by four police officers. Two policemen held down his legs. One policeman applied pressure to Mr. Floyd's back.
Another police officer put his knee on Mr. Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. By that time, Mr. Floyd had stopped breathing and died at the scene. Two medical examiners, one an independent examiner hired by the Floyd family, state that the cause of death is homicide by hypoxia.
He was just 46 years old and leaves behind at least 3 children, including a 6-year-old daughter.
Google's Play Movies Add To Black Lives Matter movement support
The rental and purchase discounts come as yet another move to support Black Lives Matter. Google's YouTube is donating $1 million to the Center for Policing Equity. Some YouTube video creators are also pledging their ad revenue to the BLM movement.