And that’s what I simply mentioned with the Floyd household. The responsible verdict doesn’t convey again George, however by the household’s ache, they’re discovering function so George’s legacy is not going to be nearly his loss of life, however about what we should do in his reminiscence. I additionally spoke to Gianna, George’s younger daughter, once more.
When I met her final 12 months, I’ve mentioned this earlier than, at George’s funeral, I advised her how courageous I assumed she was. And I type of knelt down to carry her hand. I mentioned: “Daddy’s looking down on you. He’s so proud.” She mentioned to me then, I’ll always remember it, “Daddy changed the world.” And I advised her this afternoon, “Daddy did change the world.” Let that be his legacy, a legacy of peace, nonviolence, justice. Peaceful expression of that legacy are inevitable and applicable, however violent protest is just not.
And there are those that will search to use the uncooked feelings of the second, agitators and extremists who’ve no real interest in social justice, who search to hold out violence, destroyed property, fan the flames of hate and division, who’ll do every little thing of their energy to cease this nation’s march towards racial justice. We can’t allow them to succeed.
This is a time for this nation to come back collectively, to unite as Americans. There can by no means be any protected harbor for hate in America. I’ve mentioned it many occasions: The battle for the soul of this nation has been a continuing push and pull for greater than 240 years, a tug of battle between the American ideally suited that we’re all created equal and the harsh actuality that racism has lengthy torn us aside. At our greatest, the American ideally suited wins out.
So we are able to’t go away this second or look away pondering our work is completed. We have to have a look at it as we did for these 9 minutes and 29 seconds. We need to hear: “I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.” Those are George Floyd’s final phrases. We can’t let these phrases die with him. We need to maintain listening to these phrases.
We should not flip away. We can’t flip away. We have an opportunity to start to vary the trajectory on this nation. It’s my hope and prayer that we reside as much as the legacy. May God bless you and might God bless George Floyd and his household. Thank you for taking the time to be right here. This might be a second of great change. Thank you.