Beyoncé Urges People To ‘Remain’ Focused On Justice For George Floyd

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14:  Beyonce Knowles-Carter attends the European Premiere of Disney's "The Lion King" at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney)

Beyoncé Urges People To ‘Remain’ Focused On Justice For George Floyd

Yesterday, the Minnesota attorney general brought charges against the other three officers involved in Floyd’s death.

Published June 4th

Written by Danielle Ransom

Beyoncé shared a powerful reminder urging people to remain “aligned and focused” amid the ongoing fight for justice after charges were brought against the other three officers complicit in George Floyd’s death.

  1. As worldwide protests continue against police brutality, the “Formation” singer urged everyone to not let George Floyd’s death be in vain in an Instagram post (June 3). 

    “The world came together for George Floyd,” she wrote alongside an aerial shot of the throngs of protestors that gathered in Minneapolis where Floyd was killed. 

    “We know there is a long road ahead,” her message continued. “Let’s remain aligned and focused in our call for real justice.”

  2. Beyoncé’s post came on the same day that Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison announced the three other officers involved, J Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane were charged with aiding and abetting murder. Charges against former police officer Derek Chauvin were also upgraded from third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter to second-degree murder.

    Her mother Tina Knowles-Lawson also took to Instagram where she thanked everyone “who played a part in this victory.”

    “Thank you to all who contributed to the outcome which was successful, to get these guys at least arrested and charged,” she wrote. “Now, we have the task ahead of us to get them convicted. We must have the same diligence and tenacity to get this done.”

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    To all the people who played a part in this victory . Whether you were physically on the front lines protesting . Getting shot by rubber bullets and tear gas , shouting at the top of your lungs. Or you joined a peaceful protest ! Signed petitions, got your friends or family to sign it . Got your non black friends to sign one or speak up! For our non black friends who joined in the cause and were brave enough to speak up! For our Newscasters and television personnel that used their platform ! The activist and organizations that organized the protest. For the people who left frivolous post behind and posted about what was happening with this case everyday updating people on developments and vital info. The brave police that had the guts and stood up and admitted this was wrong what the police were doing. To the celebrities who spoke up , , took the time to do PSAs . Signed pettions posted information on your social media platforms, called your other celeb peers out to speak up , organized , marched , used your Art to express the change needed and to spotlight the injustice! Whether you donated money to the families of the victims, posted continuously! Supplied a platform to sign petitions and letters . Donated money to bail protesters out of jail, used your power to call the Governor and the prosecutors to help them see the truth and for them to do right thing., .risk your lives your career, make yourself a target of the right wing organizations , and sometimes shamefully your own people. Thankyou to All who Contributed to the outcome which was successful , to get these guys at least arrested and charged , now we have the task ahead of us to get them convicted . We must have the same diligence and tenacity to get this done , so thank you and if I left anybody else out I’m sorry!!! But in this victory let’s not forget that we don’t have the right to judge anyone for how they choose to protest. Or dictate how they should protest, they’re all equally important and contributed to this outcome!Remember no one has a monopoly on how to be an activist ! God Bless You !!!

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  3. RELATED: Beyoncé Address George Floyd Killing By Police: ‘George Is All Of Our Family, And Humanity'

    Previously, Beyoncé posted a video message in solidarity of the protestors where she called for action to be done to curb police brutality.  

    “We need justice for George Floyd,” she stated. “We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain. I’m not only speaking to people of color. If you’re white, Black, brown, or anything in between, I’m sure you feel hopeless about the racism going on in America right now. No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away.”

    BET has been covering every angle of George Floyd’s death in police custody, other social justice cases and the subsequent aftermath and protests. For our continuing coverage, click here.

(Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney)


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