In Minneapolis, the first stop of a three-city memorial for slain American George Floyd, renowned civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton delivered a eulogy.
Sharpton rallied the black community to stand up, saying these are different times — and he has higher hopes for change.
“What happened to Floyd happens every day in this country and education and health services and in every area of American life. It’s time for us to stand up in George’s name and say, get your knee off our necks.”
Sharpton also led family and friends of Floyd at the memorial to stand in silence for eight minutes and 46 seconds, symbolizing the exact time police officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck before his death.
“Think about what George was going through, laying there for those eight minutes begging for his life. Heard someone say narrating his own death. We can’t let this go.”
And before the end of his eulogy, without mentioning his name, Sharpton took a swipe at President Donald Trump.
“And for those that have agendas that are not about justice, this family will not let you use George as a prop. I saw somebody standing in front of a church the other day, with… had been boarded up as a result of violence, held the bible in his hand. I’ve been preaching since I was a little boy, I’ve never seen anyone hold a bible like that.”
Despite Sharpton’s warning not to politicize Floyd’s death for political agenda, Trump declared victory with improved jobs numbers on Friday — defying another gloomy forecast by most economists amid the pandemic.
And in the midst of memorials for Floyd, instead of expressing his condolences, Trump said Floyd should be happy with what’s happening to the economy and his claims of equality.