As many cities across the country continue to have residents protesting police brutality, and the unnecessary deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others at the hands of those who are supposed to “protect and serve,” many on social media are asking more public figures to speak up.
Fans are noticing that some of their favorite stars have been silent during these times; while others such as J. Cole, Jamie Foxx, Nick Cannon, Tinashe, Ariana Grande, and more have taken to the streets to show their support. Even Beyonce posted a video on her Instagram calling for the officers involved in Floyd’s fatal arrest to be convicted. Now, we’re learning that JAY-Z has quietly been doing his part to help out with the cause, as well.
On Sunday (May 31), Minnesota Governor Tim Walz held a press conference about the aftermath of Floyd’s killing in his home state. While speaking to the press, the politician revealed that Hov called him on the phone to demand justice for the deceased.
“Receiving a call last night...from JAY-Z — not international performer, but dad — stressing to me that justice needs to be served,” Walz stated. “It was so incredibly human. It was a dad and I think quite honestly a black man whose visceral pain of this that he knew, his words summarized that justice needs to be served here.”
The governor added: “He knows the world is watching, and how Minnesota handles this is going to have an impact across the country. It’s a positive sign that someone of a stature, that has a presence like that, is focused in the moment of what Minnesotans are focused on.”
Van Jones was reportedly the person who connected JAY-Z and Gov. Walz. Take a look at the governor speaking about his phone call with Hov below.
During a press conference, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz told the media that JAY-Z called him to demand justice for #GeorgeFloyd— JAY-Z Daily (@JAY_Z_Daily) May 31, 2020
"I received a call last night from JAY-Z, not international performer but dad stressing to me that justice needs to be served"pic.twitter.com/itgRq2um0n