This clip first made headlines last year because Maxwell is white and his bestie Finnegan is black.
The sweet gesture of two adorable toddlers won over thousands of hearts after they were seen embracing each other on a New York street. The cute moment which occurred last year was filmed by Michael Cisneros and uploaded on Instagram. It shows Cisneros' two-year-old son Maxwell rushing towards his best friend Finnegan after spotting him unexpectedly on the street. This clip made headlines because Maxwell is white and his bestie Finnegan is black. Cisneros believed that sight served as a symbol of hope for the ongoing racial tension in the country. Today, after a year, the video still serves as a reminder that the world has no place for racism.
Picture above was when they were 6. Both are now 14 and even though they can’t see each other right now, they still FaceTime. pic.twitter.com/SKbB6XNUnz— Wife.Captian.Mom.Boss. ™️ (@birdsx7) May 31, 2020
With the prevalent unrest in America following the tragic killing of George Floyd at the hands of police officers, this message couldn't have resurfaced at a better time. The clip was recently reshared by music producer and DJ Kam Bennett on May 31, 2020. The heartwarming tweet has since been retweeted over 155,000 and viewed over 17 million times. "Honestly, I think it has gotten so big because of the race issue in our country and also around the world," said Cisneros at the time according to ABC News. The father of the then 2-year-old told the outlet how the friendship between the two bloomed after their families met at a local restaurant about a year ago.
He explained how the kids "love each other for who they are" and noted, "that's exactly how it should be." It is true that no one is born a racist, but it is taught as an impressionable child grows up. This kind of senseless hatred is not what Cisneros and his family stand for and so he has never taught his child to differentiate between people based on their race. "We just want to raise loving, caring boys, and I think the world likes to see a little bit of hope," he said. People on Twitter soon began responding with similar friendships.
A countrywide protest has broken out following Floyd's unjust death on May 25. An officer had restrained him that day by placing his knee firmly on the back of the unarmed man's neck. According to court documents, Floyd was suspected of forgery and so police had arrived at the location to arrest him. A statement said that the victim "physically resisted officers" and so he had to be restrained. But the devastating events filmed by bystanders in the area that ultimately led to his death said otherwise. The clip, which broke millions of hearts and enraged every person who watched it, shows how one police officer identified as Derek Chauvin pinned the 46-year-old down despite his pleas.
Floyd lay on his stomach next to a Minneapolis patrol car as Chauvin continued to put his weight on his neck even when the man noted that he was unable to breathe. Ignoring the pleas of witnesses, Chauvin continued to place his weight on Floyd until he was no longer responding. The man had to be rushed to the hospital where he eventually died. The officers might have gotten away with their heinous crime if it wasn't the video that was circulated on social media. Yes, Floyd was suspected of a crime, but the unarmed man did not deserve to die because of his color. Even Jacob Frey, the Mayor of Minneapolis agreed and said, "Being black in America should not be a death sentence. For five minutes we watched as a white police officer pressed his knee into the neck of a black man. For five minutes. When you hear someone calling for help, you are supposed to help."
Witnessing this blatant racism in the country thousands of people took to streets to express their anger and protest against police brutality as well as their systematic racism toward the black community. Peaceful protests quickly turned ugly after police began using unnecessary force by tear-gassing the crowd. "I got on my knees and I put up a peace sign and they tear-gassed me," said one protestor according to BBC News. As for Chauvin, the officer was fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other three officers involved in the case were also removed from the police force. But this was not enough to appease the public who has been witnessing the senseless racism for years now. During this difficult time, the video of the two toddlers reminds us that it is possible to embrace people irrespective of their color. If toddlers can look past one's racial background, we as fully grown people surely can because no one is born a racist, it is taught.
can’t be born a racist!!! it is taught!!!! my children will know better than to discriminate ANYBODY.— ❥ (@___marilynn) May 30, 2020
Feel bad for those raised in racist households, it's extremely hard to accept something when you spend your entire life being told someone was less important than you due to the color of their skin.— Spiralzz (@SpiralzzFPS) May 31, 2020