Jamie Foxx is using his influence for good!
The 52-year-old joined community leaders and activists for an impassioned social justice rally on Friday at Minneapolis City Hall in honor of George Floyd.
Alongside retired NBA player Stephen Jackson, who grew up with Floyd in Texas, Foxx shared with the press:
“This is the toughest time when things like this happen. All I wanted to do is let you know we not afraid to stand. We are not afraid of this moment. I think what you saw on television, to watch this man plead for his mother. As I sit with my two daughters, my nephews who just came from the grocery store where there was a little thing and I had to say you have to stop that.”
Making the comparison between Floyd, who was arrested after police received reports of forgery, and Dylann Roof, who was arrested without incident after he fatally shot nine members of a historically black church in 2015, he continued:
“All we’re trying to do is ask questions of why.”
Asking why situations with cops frequently escalate “to something like we have today,” Jamie explained:
“Even the things that we’ve taught them don’t seem to work. What it does is, it overcomplicates everything as a Black man trying to tell his son or his daughter how to function in life.”
Speaking about his friendship with Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin‘s mother, who is currently running for Miami-Dade County commissioner in Florida, he added:
“If you guys get a chance, please find a circle of mothers. There’s 100, 200 cases like this that don’t get the visibility, don’t get the cameras and they’re strong women. Sybrina right now…is running for Commissioner to try and do something different. This is the toughest time, with things like this happening.”
“To all of our friends who aren’t black, just try to put yourself in our position.”
“I’m not a celebrity. I’m from Terrell, Texas. These are my brothers. This means everything because at the end of the day, when we see you guys out there on the frontline, we want to let you know that you’ve got support. God bless George and his family.”
Watch more from Jamie (below):
Jamie Foxx joins social justice advocates in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in solidarity over the death of George Floyd: "All I wanted to do is let you know that we're not afraid to stand…we're not afraid of the moment." https://t.co/elUVBZ8dWy pic.twitter.com/StA6R7mH2u
— ABC News (@ABC) May 29, 2020
Thank you, Jamie!!
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