Terrence Floyd, the brother of the late George Floyd, gave an emotional speech in Minneapolis on Monday, speaking at the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue South, the place where a week earlier, his brother was allegedly murdered.
In his speech, his brother spoke of how excited George Floyd had been to move to Minneapolis before asking the crowd to vote, “Not just for the president, but vote for the preliminaries. Vote for everybody.” Watch the full speech below.
Floyd also argued that “in every case of police brutality, the same thing has been happening,” and that voting was the best way to get justice. He encouraged the crowd to get out and vote at the primaries specifically. “Let’s stop thinking that our voice don’t matter and vote.”
There are multiple presidential primary elections taking place around the US today. Voting is underway in New Mexico, South Dakota, Washington, D.C. and Montana. Postponed primaries in Indiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island were also rescheduled for today.
Voter suppression remains a barrier to political representation for African Americans and other communities of color, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. The Black Lives Matter website offers a helpful guide on how to register to vote.
Campaigns including BLM’s #WhatMatters2020 initiative are also consolidating collective power to ensure candidates are held accountable for the issues that systematically and disproportionately impact black and under-served communities across the US.
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