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This post is one installment in an ongoing news series: a “living history” of the current national and international uprising for justice.

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Black Lives Matter ad condemns White supremacy ahead of Trump impeachment trial

By Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN

February 8, 2021

image from Black Lives Matter ad
Image from Black Lives Matter commercial

A new Black Lives Matter ad is calling for an end to White supremacy using footage of the January 6 Capitol riots and historic Ku Klux Klan rallies to pressure lawmakers to impeach and convict former President Donald Trump.

The ad comes as the Senate prepares to begin its second impeachment trial of Trump on Tuesday.

Black Lives Matter organizers blamed Trump for inciting the Capitol insurrection and emboldening White supremacists with offensive rhetoric and divisive policies throughout his presidency.

The ad shows harrowing clips of Trump supporters breaking glass windows at the Capitol and standing on the dais in the Senate chamber, and a noose that was erected on a wooden beam in front of the Capitol that day.

“You felt a fraction of what Black Americans have felt for more than 400 years,” the narrator of the ad says.

Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, said convicting Trump would send a message that Congress condemns racism and wants to root out white supremacy…

The ad is also being released days after the Black Lives Matter movement was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Norwegian MP Petter Eide nominated the global movement “for their struggle against racism and racially motivated violence,” he wrote in his official nomination papers.

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