Jay-Z calls on every public official to ‘do what’s right’
As George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis Police became the flashpoint for weekend protests in nearly every state in the United States, Jay-Z reached out to Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, to tell him that “justice must be done here”. Walz then announced that state attorney general Keith Ellison would lead prosecutions related to Floyd’s death, rather than the local county attorney.
Walz and Jay both spoke about Sunday’s conversation.
” I received a call [Saturday] night – to understand how important it was – of Jay-Z, âWalz said. âNot an international artist, but dad points out to me that justice must be done. He was so incredibly humanâ¦ He was a father, and I think very honestly a black man whose visceral pain he knew. His words summed up that justice must. be made here.
“He said he felt the compassion and the humanity of these speaking people,” Walz continued. âHe knows the world is watching him and the way Minnesota deals with it will impact across the country. It’s a positive sign that someone of stature, who has such a presence, is focused on what the Minnesotans are focused on. “
On Sunday evening, Jay released a statement about his conversation with the governor.
“After our very serious conversation, thank you Governor Walz for doing the right thing and calling Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the George Floyd case,” he wrote. âEarlier today, Governor Walz mentioned having had a human conversation with me – a father and a suffering black man. YES, I am human, a father and a suffering black man and I am not the only one. Now, with a whole country in pain, I call on AG Ellison to do the right thing and prosecute all those responsible for the murder of George Floyd with all the force of the law. This is only a first step. I am more determined to fight for justice than any fight my potential oppressors might have.
“I persuade all politicians, prosecutors and officers in the country to have the courage to do what is right,” he concluded. “Have the courage to look at us as suffering humans, dads, brothers, sisters and mothers and look at yourselves.”
Late Friday, Beyonce posted a video on Instagram calling for justice over Floyd’s death. âWe need justice for George Floyd. We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We are broken and we are disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain, âshe said.