ATLANTA, GA — Many small businesses in Atlanta have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. They were forced to temporarily close in March, until Gov. Brian Kemp announced that businesses and restaurants could resume operations in late April.
For some, reopening wasn’t an option. They had lost so much already. As those businesses who could reopen began to do so, a movement for justice rippled through the country after the death of George Floyd on May 25 in police custody in Minnesota. His death — along with the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery in coastal Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky, and other African Americans — sparked demands to end police brutality and racism in America.
Here in Atlanta, protests have taken place daily, for over two weeks. Although many have been peaceful, there were instances where some protesters vandalized and stole from local businesses, according to police. With so many