Beyoncé Speaks Out About the Death of George Floyd: "We Cannot Normalize This Pain"
Beyoncé is speaking out about the death of George Floyd. On Friday, the singer shared a video on Instagram urging fans to seek justice for George by signing the petitions on her website, which include Justice for George Floyd on change.org, #JusticeforFloyd on act.colorofchange.org, and #WeCantBreathe on wecantbreathenational.org.
"We cannot normalize this pain."
"We need justice for George Floyd. We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We're broken and we're 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," Beyoncé said in her video. "No more senseless killings of human beings, no more seeing people of color as less than human, we can no longer look away. George is all of our family and humanity. 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 and compassion and healing for our country."
Floyd was killed in Minneapolis on May 25 when police officer Derek Chauvin used his knee on Floyd's neck to pin him down for an extended period even as he said he couldn't breathe. Four days later, Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder.