The streets of Minneapolis are enduring a situation unlike any other right now. Businesses and public areas bare the marks of clashes between police and civilians as protests over the death of George Floyd continue.
The city, like many cities around the world, is wearing its anger and pain. The street corner where George Floyd senselessly lost his life is free of the violence surrounding it, however. The site has been kept as a sanctuary by the people of Minneapolis — a place for peace, reflection, and sadness.
Mourners gathered at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue on Monday, one week after George’s death. Among them was George’s brother, Terrence Floyd.
Crowds watched as Terrence knelt in that spot, placed a hand to the pavement, then to his heart.
“Hello. I understand you are upset. But like it was already said, I doubt you all are half as upset as I am,” Terrence said while addressing the crowd with a megaphone.
“What are you all doing? What are you all doing?” he asked, referring to the destruction that has co-opted the call for reform and equality. “That’s not going to bring my brother back at all.”
“My family is a peaceful family. My family is God-fearing. Yeah, we’re upset. But we’re not going to be repetitious. In every case of police brutality, the same thing has been happening. You all protest, you all destroy stuff. And they don’t move,” he continued.
“You know why they don’t move? Because it’s not their stuff. It’s our stuff. They want us to destroy our stuff.”
Terrence called for a different approach. “Let’s stop thinking that our voice doesn’t matter and vote!” he urged. “Educate yourself and know who you’re voting for. And that’s how we’re going to hit ’em. It’s a lot of us.”
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