George Floyd's Brother Urges Action During DNC Speech: 'Never Stop Saying Their Names'

Written by on August 17, 2020

George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd addressed the Democratic Nationwide Conference throughout its opening night time on Monday.

“My brother George was selfless,” he stated as he sat beside his different brother, Rodney, who didn’t communicate through the remarks. “He at all times made sacrifices for his household, buddies and even full strangers.”

He continued: “George had a giving spirit ― a spirit that has proven up on streets round our nation and world wide. Folks of all races, all ages, all genders, all backgrounds, peacefully protesting within the identify of affection and unity.”

George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died in Might whereas police pinned him face down on a road in Minneapolis at the same time as he said repeatedly that he couldn’t breathe. His demise sparked world protests in opposition to police brutality and system racism.

“It’s a becoming legacy for our brother, however George ought to be alive right this moment,” Philonise Floyd stated Monday earlier than naming different Black victims of racist violence. “Breonna Taylor ought to be alive right this moment. Ahmaud Arbery ought to be alive right this moment. Eric Garner ought to be alive right this moment. Stephon Clark, Atatiana Jefferson, Sandra Bland ― they need to all be alive right this moment.”

He referred to as on People to hunt justice and get themselves into “good bother,” a phrase coined by the late civil rights activist and Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).

“Our actions shall be their legacies,” Philonise Floyd stated. “Please be part of me in a second of silence to honor George and the numerous different souls we misplaced to hate and injustice. And when this second ends, let’s be certain that we by no means cease saying their names.”

A video of Leon Bridges performing his tune “Sweeter” adopted the 30-second second of silence.

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