In his eulogy for George Floyd at a memorial service in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Thursday, civil rights activist Al Sharpton declared that now is the right time for the United States to reform its criminal justice system and promised to march on Washington come August to get it.
“There is a time and season,” the 65-year-old Baptist minister said, referencing Ecclesiastes 3:1. The Old Testament verse reads: “To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
Recalling his history of activism over several decades and comparing it to protests that have been sparked globally by Floyd’s death, Sharpton said he felt hopeful because he believes the cry for justice today has been different.
“When I looked this time and saw marches where, in some cases, young whites outnumbered the blacks marching, I know that it’s a different time and a different season,” Sharpton said to a crowd of mask-wearing members of Floyd’s family, politicians, friends and well-wishers at The Lindquist Sanctuary of the Trask Word & Worship Center at North Central University.
“When I looked and saw people in Germany marching for George Floyd, it’s a different time and a different season. When they went in front of the Parliament in London, England and said it’s a different time and a different season, I’ve come to tell you, America, this is the time of dealing with accountability in the criminal justice system.”
“I’ve come to tell you that [they’re] sitting in Washington talking about militarizing the country thinking that you can sell Wolf tickets to people who’s had enough of abuse,” he added.
“I come to tell you that you can get on the TV but you on the wrong time. Time is out for not holding you accountable. Time is out for you making excuses. Time is out for you trying to stall. Time is out for empty words and empty promises. Time is out for you filibustering and trying to stall the arm of justice. This is the time. We won’t stop. We’re going to keep going until we change the whole system of justice.”
Derek Chauvin, 44, a former Minneapolis police officer who was previously charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter for the death of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, had his charge upgraded to second-degree murder on Wednesday.
In an approximately 10-minute video, a handcuffed Floyd is shown lying face down begging for his life and crying for his mother while Chauvin kneels into his neck.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair