Terrance Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, called for an end to the rioting sparked by his brother’s death. He spoke at a prayer vigil for George in Minneapolis.
““I’m not over here blowing up stuff,” he said. “What are you doing? You’re doing nothing. That’s not going to bring my brother back.”
He compared the violent riots to drinking, saying it “might feel good for the moment, but when you come down, you’re going to wonder what you did.”
“My family is a peaceful family,” Floyd said. “My family is God-fearing. Yeah, we’re upset. But we’re not going to take it, we’re not going be repetitious. Do this peacefully, please. My brother moved [to Minneapolis] from Houston, and I used to talk to him on the phone. He loved it here I highly doubt — no, I know — he would not want you to be doing this.”
Floyd also urged the people to educate themselves about who they will vote for because it would make a positive difference. He concluded his speech by leading the crowd in chanting, “Peace on the left, justice on the right,” followed by back-and-forth chants of “George Floyd!”
In an interview with “Good Morning America,” Floyd said anger from the riots can be channeled in a positive manner. “It’s OK to be angry, but channel your anger to do something positive or make a change another way because we’ve been down this road already,” he said. “The anger, damaging your hometown is not the way he’d want.”
The Rev. Kevin McCall, who accompanied Terrence Floyd on the show, echoed Floyd’s sentiment.
“The Bible says, ‘Be angry, but sin not.’ So it’s good to protest, and we want to continue to keep the protests while we continue to call for justice,” he said. “But we need peace. We don’t need looters, we need peace. And the best way that you can get peace is on your knees, praying and asking God to hear our cry.”
– Alan Goforth | Metro Voice