Terrence Floyd, brother of George Floyd, championed peaceful protests and an end to violence.
He spoke on June 1 at the site in Minneapolis where his brother was killed in police custody.
Huge protests have been taking place for the last week in cities across the country, some of which have resulted in violence and looting.
In a speech on June 1, George Floyd's brother, Terrence Floyd, advocated for an end to the violence that has been ongoing in Minneapolis and major cities around the country. Massive protests have taken place since George Floyd died in the custody of Derek Chauvin and other police officers.
"I understand you all upset, but if I’m not over here wilding out, if I’m not over here blowing up stuff, if I’m not over here messing up my community, then what are y’all doing?" Terrence Floyd said at the site his brother was killed. "Y’all doing nothing, because that’s going to bring my brother back at all."
Terrence Floyd was flanked by Reverend Kevin McCall, and New York activist Chris Banks, executive director of East New York United Concerned Citizens Inc. Floyd also knelt to pray among a large group of protestors, and advocated for the arrest of Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thoa, the three other officers present who have not yet been charged.
“If I'm not over here messing up my community, then what are you all doing? ... You all are doing nothing, because that’s not going to bring my brother back.”
George Floyd's brother, Terrence, calls for peaceful protests. “Let’s do this another way.” https://t.co/s3tuCEh7UL pic.twitter.com/RCNTmYbshq
— CNN (@CNN) June 1, 2020
He argued that property damage and looting hurt Black communities and also played into narratives that made it easier for the opposition to dismiss the concerns of police brutality protestors.
"Y’all protest, y’all destroy stuff, and they don’t move. You know why they don’t move? Because it’s not their stuff, it’s our stuff," he said. "So they want us to destroy our stuff."
George Floyd's death is one of several recent police killings around the country—including Breonna Taylor in Louisville and Tony McDade in Tallahassee—that have galvanized activist groups like Black Lives Matter, as well as citizens to take to the streets and voice their outrage. Per Al Jazeera and the Mapping Police Violence advocacy group, "Black Americans are two-and-a-half times as likely as white Americans to be killed by the police."
Many cities, including Minneapolis, New York, and Atlanta, have all instituted curfews with the stated intention of curtailing the violence and property damage that has taken place in the later evening hours.
My statement on the death of George Floyd: pic.twitter.com/Hg1k9JHT6R
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) May 29, 2020
As part of his address to the crowd of protestors, Terrence Floyd also advocated that people channel their outrage and frustration into political engagement.
"Let’s do this another way," he said. "Let’s stop thinking that our voice don’t matter and vote."
"Keep my brother's name ringing," Floyd urged the crowd at the end of his speech. "Keep my brother's name ringing! Keep my brother's name ringing!"
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