George Floyd protests: Jamie Foxx’s message to white friends as public figures call for justice
Saturday - 30/05/2020 22:49
Jamie Foxx had a message for his “friends who aren’t black” as he called for justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Barack Obama, Martin Luther King III, Oprah and Jamie Foxx have joined a growing list of celebrities and public figures to call for justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Floyd died after being arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit bill at a store. After being handcuffed and pinned to the ground, a white officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes as he pleaded for air.
“This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America. It can’t be ‘normal’. If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better,” former US president Barack Obama wrote in a statement on Twitter on Friday.
His wife, former first lady Michelle Obama, also weighed in: “I’m exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop. Right now it’s George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on.”
In Minneapolis, actor Jamie Foxx declared “we are not afraid of this moment” as he stood in solidarity with social justice advocates.
“When we see you guys out on the frontline, we want to let you know you got support,” he said. “To all of my friends who aren’t black, just try to put yourself in our position,” he added.
Jamie Foxx joins social justice advocates in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in solidarity over the death of George Floyd: "All I wanted to do is let you know that we're not afraid to stand...we're not afraid of the moment." https://t.co/elUVBZ8dWypic.twitter.com/StA6R7mH2u
As flames lit up the skyline in Minneapolis on Friday night, a young African-American protester told a reporter: “The real reason we’re here is because the police keep killing black folk all around the United States”.
“We’re in 2020 and we’re dealing with the same problem that we were dealing with in the 60s … it looks like Minneapolis finally reached that breaking point,” he said.
“George Floyd isn’t the first,” added another protester, 29-year-old Jerry, who is white. “What are you supposed to do, just sit back and take it?”
“It’s scary but necessary at the same time,” said a young student. “Sometimes things need to get bad before getting better.”
But others are not so sure. “They are making it worse. They give them (the police) a reason to shoot us,” 34-year-old Phae, a black woman, said.
“I sympathised completely but I don’t want to lose all my stuff,” said another young woman who lives above a barricaded shop and is scared it could be set on fire.