Throughout the last few days, all of us have learned more about George Floyd, who died while in police custody after being suspected of a petty and nonviolent crime.
From baby pictures to true testimonials from the people who loved him, it’s obvious that George had a big heart. In fact, the only reason he moved to Minneapolis was to try to create a better life for his family.
“He was looking to start over fresh, a new beginning,” his close friend Christopher Harris said to The Guardian. “He was happy with the change he was making.” In his community, he was known as a gentle giant. While it seems ridiculous that he was taken down due to a rumored counterfeit $20 bill, many black men and women, unfortunately, know the struggle quite well.
This was an act of racism, without a doubt.
During the first of three memorial services honoring George, many celebrities came out to celebrate him, as well as the movement his death helped ignite. They may not have known George personally, but they knew his story. And many of them knew his fear when he was handcuffed and having trouble breathing. It’s not fair that George’s life ended the way it did — but he ended up making history.
Celebrities like Kevin Hart, Tyrese, and Tiffany Haddish showed how much his death brought them pain and hurt. Ludacris wisely suggested a scholarship be created in George Floyd’s name. That way, the community can financially help a black student get the education they deserve. It was a moment that proved that change is near.
Watch the full video and see what the other celebrities had to say about the incident and the service.
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