As the black community, and many other citizens of the United States, mourns and protests George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers earlier this week, Beyonce has taken time to address the people on social media.
In an Instagram video, she opened: “We need justice for George Floyd. We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain.” She added: “I’m not only speaking to people of color. If you’re white, black, brown or anything in between, then I’m sure you feel hopeless by the racism going on in America right now.
“No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away. George is all our family in humanity. He is our family because he is a fellow American.”
As the video progressed, Bey laid it out plain and simple. “There have been too many times that we’ve seen these violent killings and no consequences. Yes, someone has been charged, but justice is far from being achieved.” That’s when she urged her followers to sign the petition in her bio, which leads you to her website, to help get Floyd the justice he deserves. “Continue to pray for peace, compassion and healing for our country. Thank you so much,” she closed.
On Monday (May 25), video was captured of a cop pinning his knee into Floyd’s neck, as he laid on the street and begged to be let up because he couldn’t breathe. The officer — now a former one because he got fired after the fact — was Derek Chauvin and today (May 29), he was finally arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter.
Protestors are now pushing for the other three cops who were also involved in Floyd’s fatal arrest — and who have also been fired — to be arrested and charged, as well — and convicted. Like Beyonce; Floyd called Houston, Texas home due to his family moving there when he was a baby. A former member of DJ Screw’s Screwed Up Click, Floyd was only 46 years old when his life was unjustly cut short.
Watch Bey’s video below. You can sign the petition here.