Pilot shows support for Black Lives Matter by flying in shape of movement’s symbol

A Canadian pilot has gone viral for his unique way of supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. 

On June 4, Dimitri Neonakis, a pilot based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, took to Facebook to share images of the route he took in remembrance of George Floyd, who died on May 25 after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. 

In honor of Floyd, Neonakis flew in the shape of the Black Power fist logo that has come to define Black Lives Matter, a movement that started in 2013 following the controversial acquittal of George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator who shot and killed unarmed 17-year-old Black high school student Trayvon Martin. 

In the days following Floyd’s passing, organizers of the movement have led protests against police brutality and systemic racism toward the Black community. 

“Today I flew this 330 nautical mile flight pattern which took the shape of a movement symbol which I respect and support,” Neonakis wrote on Facebook. “While I was up there moving around free, the words of George Floyd ‘I can’t Breathe’ came to mind a few times, a stark contrast. I see a World of one race in multi colours – this is the World I see, and this is my message!! End Racism.”

Neonakis’ post has since been shared nearly 5,000 times and has received approximately 200 comments. 

“Powerful!” one person wrote. “Now [it’s] been shown from the ground AND in the air! Well done man!”

“Once again, brilliant and deeply moving,” another added. “Thank you.”

“Amazing!” a third commented. “Thank you for the gifts of respect you have given all of us. You are a true example of Nova Scotia pride.”

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