American civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton has reignited hope for George Floyd’s justice after giving a thought-provoking eulogy at his funeral held on Tuesday at the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston.
In an event that brought together the families of black victims of white police brutality namely Ahmed Aubrey, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner, Rev Sharpton took the opportunity to address the root cause of racism in America.
“We are fighting an institutional systemic problem that has been allowed to permeate since we were brought to these shores. We are fighting wickedness in high places,” he said referring to Trump’s government that has continuously protected white officers accused of murder.
In 2012, a white neighbourhood watcher, Zimmerman, was found not guilty after he shot Trayvon Martin dead. In 2014, officer Darren Wilson who shot Michael Brown twelve times was never indicted. That same year NYPD officer Pantaleo and his colleagues who murdered Eric Garner in a chokehold were never indicted.
“Until the law is upheld and people know they will go to jail, they will keep doing it because they are protected by wickedness in high places.”
Reverend Sharpton appealed to the government to apply laws to law enforcement officers that will stop the unfair treatment of blacks. In his concluding remarks, Sharpton assured everyone in attendance that justice will finally be served. He urged everyone to continue to support Floyd’s family until the fight is over.
Some notable names in attendance were Neyo, Jamie Foxx and Al B Shore. Floyd Mayweather paid for the funeral expenses and presidential candidate Joe Biden sent in a recorded video of himself reaching out to Floyd’s surviving children.
George Floyd will be laid to rest at the Houston Memorial Gardens cemetery next to his late mother Larcenia Floyd.
Caption: Rev Al Sharpton at George Floyd’s funeral.
Photo credit: Chron.