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America buries its martyr George Floyd

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The funeral of this African-American killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis, took place in Houston, Texas. For Joe Biden, “the time for racial justice” has come.

Between tears, slogans: the funeral of George Floyd, in a Texas church on Tuesday, mixed tributes to this black man killed by a white policeman and fiery calls to attack, finally, the racism that “hurts the ‘soul’ of America.

From family to pastors, President Donald Trump was abused several times during this funeral organized in the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston, where this 46-year-old African American had spent most of his life. A figure in the civil rights struggle, Reverend Al Sharpton, who delivered the funeral praise broadcast live in millions of homes, even accused the president of “malfeasance”, accusing him of encouraging the police to believe themselves above the law.

On a more intimate note, the relatives of the deceased, very moved, greeted “Big George”, their “superman”, their “gentle giant” whose stature – almost two meters – did not prevent an agent from police suffocate him, kneeling for almost nine minutes on his neck, two weeks ago in Minneapolis, in the north of the country.

The coffin of this 46-year-old African American, killed by a white policeman a fortnight ago in Minneapolis (north), arrived in the morning at the Fountain of Praise church, in the Texas metropolis where he lived the major part of his life.
The coffin of this 46-year-old African American, killed by a white policeman a fortnight ago in Minneapolis (north), arrived in the morning at the Fountain of Praise church, in the Texas metropolis where he lived the major part of his life.

A large crowd was present to witness the passage of George Floyd’s coffin from the church to the cemetery where he was buried.
A large crowd was present to witness the passage of George Floyd’s coffin from the church to the cemetery where he was buried.

“You are forced to mourn in public, it is difficult,” said Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in a very personal video released during the ceremony. But for him, “the time for racial justice has come”.

“Clean the White House”
“We can no longer turn away from the racism that hurts our souls,” added the former vice president of Barack Obama, who enjoys great popularity among black voters. Several elected Democrats succeeded each other in the gallery, but it was George Floyd’s young niece who first ventured into clearly political terrain. “Some say he wants to make America great,” said Brooke Williams, referring to Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. “But, when was America big?”

“The first thing we need to do is clean up the White House,” added Reverend Bill Lawson shortly after, calling on the church to applaud the Americans to “vote.” The ordeal of George Floyd, whose video has gone viral, has sparked an unprecedented mobilization in the United States since the civil rights struggle in the 1960s. Under the cry “Black lives matter”, calls reforming the police and combating racial inequalities have spread around the world.

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