“In America it’s time for one racial justice“Said the former vice president and Democratic candidate in the White House Joe Biden, in a video message sent to the ceremony. “The United States – added Biden – cannot once again ignore that racism that continues to prick our soul, thatsystematic abuse which still represents a plague in America “. Biden therefore recalled in particular the daughter by George Floyd, Gianna, 6 years old: “No child should be forced to ask why his father left. And too many African American children have had to ask for generations“.
Thousands of people, including the Houston police chief, Art Acevedo – who had said to Trump to “keep your mouth shut” – they gathered at the Fountain of Praise Church for the last farewell, while the funeral, in private form, takes place at 11 a.m. local time (8 p.m. in Italy). Following the rules on social distancing, visitors, many of whom wear shirts in support of Black Lives Matter and with the last words of Floyd “I can’t breathe”, they entered the church six feet away from each other and wearing the masks.
While gospel songs resounded played by artists including CeCe Winans is Kurt Carr, people paid homage to Floyd, in one gold coffin wrapped in numerous bouquets of white flowers. And there are many who have dried them tears as they stop in front of the coffin. The governor of Texas Greg Abbott defined the death of Floyd “The most horrible tragedy” I’ve ever seen. Also present the senator Amy Klobuchar, the reverend Jesse Jackson, the actor Kevin Hart and rappers Master P. is Ludacris, as well as the star of the world box Floyd Mayweather.
Meanwhile, the protests do not subside, after the new videos that are now multiplying on TV and on the web and which show brutality and excessive use of force by the police. Thus the tears and the gospel songs that arise in the Fountain of Praise Church of Houston are not just for George, but for all victims of a violence that often has distant roots, the reverend stressed Al Sharpton to whom the funeral eulogy was entrusted.
Joe Biden the previous day had met privately family by Floyd. Meanwhile on Donald Trump yet another storm hits for one tweet in which he insinuates that the elderly protester thrown to the ground by the police in Buffalo is actually “a anti-fascist provocateur“, A troublemaker who wanted to sabotage the agents’ radio sets. “If it were all a frame?” Asks the American president.