Beyoncé used her considerable platform last night to speak out on the death of Houston-born George Floyd, who was murdered on May 25, 2020, by a white Minneapolis police officer, who knelt on the 46-year-old Floyd’s neck for eight minutes minutes and 46 seconds.
In an Instagram video, the 38-year-old entertainer, who has a history of advocating for and donating money to organizations uplifting black people, stated, “We need justice for George Floyd. We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain.
“I’m not only speaking to people of color. If you’re white, black, brown or anything in between, 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 was all of our family. He’s our family because he’s a fellow American. There have been too many times that we’ve seen these violent killings, and no consequences. Yes, someone’s been charged, but justice is far from being achieved. Please sign the petition and continue to pray for peace, compassion and healing for our country.”
In the caption, she added, “If you want to demand more charges brought on all those involved in the death of George Floyd, click the link in my bio to sign the petition.”
The link in her bio links to a list of petitions people can sign to push for justice for Floyd. Petitions include change.org, colorofchange.org, wecantbreathe.org and naacp.org. Those who are interested in pressuring officials can also text “FLOYD” to 55156 to sign the petition.