America may be far from achieving any closure when it comes to racial injustice and police brutality, but on Tuesday, as George Floyd was laid to rest, the country finally started taking its first tentative steps towards some form of healing.
Floyd’s funeral took place at the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, Texas and was presided over by Rev. Remus Wright and co-pastor Mia Wright. The 46-year-old African-American man was killed by a Derek Chauvin, white officer of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25, after Chauvin pressed his knee into the back of Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, causing him to stop breathing and die.
At his funeral his niece Brooke Williams delivered an impassioned speech about key questions being raised in wake of her uncle’s murder. She asked, “Why must this system be corrupt and broken?” Taking a dig at President Donald Trump, she further asked, “Someone said ‘Make America Great Again’. But when has America ever been great?”
After the funeral that saw over 500 people in attendance including politicians and celebrities, Floyd’s body was driven in a motorcade to Houston Memorial Garden and laid to rest next to his mother. Memorial services were also held in North Carolina where Floyd was born and Minneapolis where he was killed.
Meanwhile, President Trump did not say or tweet a word about George Floyd’s funeral, choosing the day instead to make a rather ridiculous allegation against Martin Gugino, the 75-year-old man who was pushed and caused to fall and suffer a head injury by the Buffalo Police on June 6.
Needless to say, this rather ridiculous conspiracy theory attracted scathing criticism.
https://twitter.com/JamesMartinSJ/status/1270350603647057924 According to Gugino’s lawyer, the 75-year-old has suffered a fractured skull, brain injury and is unable to walk.
*Feature Image: Mural portrait of George Floyd by Eme Street Art in Mauerpark (Berlin, Germany) (Source Wikimedia Commons)