Award-winning Christian singer Lauren Daigle broke her silence about the death of George Floyd with a 53-minute response after being questioned about it by some of her friends.
“I received a lot of text messages yesterday about my silence regarding the George Floyd issue,” Daigle said at the top of an Instagram video filmed Monday morning.
“Let me assure everybody that silence has nothing to do with a lack of concern because I haven’t had a moment to pray and reflect and ask God where to stand with my words, how to communicate without words. I know where I stand, but with my words, how do I speak?”
The Louisiana native was brought to tears when recounting what she heard happened to George Floyd, who died in the custody of Minneapolis police on Memorial Day.
“How can the heart of man be like that? I don’t understand. I’m shaking with anger,” she said in tears. “And no officer said anything. I have no idea what it’s like to be a police officer. I’m not even going to begin the barrage of thoughts on how to handle situations. But my gosh, I don’t know how much more evidence you need to say, ‘Hey, maybe you should let up bro.’ This is wrong!”
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She added, “When it comes to George Floyd, I didn’t even watch the video, just upon hearing about what happened. I am still shaking, and I know I’m late to the party, but it doesn’t mean the weight is any different.”
Daigle has been visiting prisons throughout the country in recent years and she used some of her time in the video to talk about what she’s experienced with the men and women she met who are incarcerated. She said many of the people she met in prison are incredible people. Daigle then gave advice on what she believes all people should be doing during this time.
“I think what we have here is a need to look into the eyes of people. When we are at the grocery store checking out our groceries, not to rush past, but to be available,” she advised. “Honor your neighbor as yourself, to love your neighbor as yourself.”
Daigle emphasized that the term “neighborhood” was meant to encourage community, not strangers.
“So when I think about George Floyd, I think about his family. I think about his friends, I think about the remnants of his life that are still being sprinkled and scattered all over this world right now. I can’t imagine being pinned down to the ground. My jaw just gets tight even thinking about living my last moments like that,” Daigle maintained. “Wrong!” she declared.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Charity Gibson