George Floyd, the man whose death sparked the nationwide protests about police brutality and racism, was buried Tuesday in Houston.
The program for his funeral noted he was a father of five and a grandfather of two, and his relatives called him “Superman.”
The funeral, which aired live on TV, featured some high-profile speakers, including presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who spoke in a video message. Biden said, “No child should have to ask the question that too many black children have had to ask for generations: ‘Why? Why is Daddy gone?'” The former VP added, “When there is justice for George Floyd, we will truly be on our way to racial justice in America.”
During George Floyd’s funeral on Tuesday, Joe Biden addressed the family via a taped video message. OC:…George Floyd. :13 [Courtesy of 24/7 News Source]
“And unlike most, you must grieve in public. It’s a burden. A burden that it is now your purpose to change the world for the better in the name of George Floyd.”
During George Floyd’s funeral on Tuesday, the Reverend Al Sharpton said the government has to reconcile for what it has done in the past. OC:…the wound. :11 [Courtesy of 24/7 News Source]
“Until America comes to terms with what it has done and what it did, we will not be able to heel because you are not recognizing the wound.”
- The New York Stock Exchange went silent at noon, as the funeral began, for eight-minutes-and 46-second – the amount of time a Minneapolis police officer spent kneeling on Floyd’s neck, ultimately killing him. It was the longest moment of silence in the stock exchange 228-history.
- Sharpton named other black men and women who have been killed by police and asked them to stand, until everyone in the church was standing.
- Celebrities at the funeral included Jamie Foxx and singer Ne-Yo, who performed.
- It’s a sad moment in U.S. history that will hopefully lead to change, if it hasn’t already.