After the death of George Floyd sparked protests in Minneapolis – and other cities around the country – Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx has lent his support to the cause. On Friday, Foxx attended a social justice rally at Minneapolis City Hall for Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer forcefully restrained him and placed his knee on his neck for nearly ten minutes.
Foxx appeared at a press conference alongside former NBA player Stephen Jackson, who grew up with Floyd and has been vocal about the injustice that led to his death.
If you’re a Black celebrity and you don’t sound like this, we don’t wanna here from you. Not now. Not ever. Thank you, Jamie Foxx, for speaking up in defense of people who are frustrated, hurting and tired. pic.twitter.com/UgI3tFpQm0
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“This is the toughest time when things like this happen,” said Foxx. “All I wanted to do was let you know that we’re not afraid to stand…we’re not afraid of the moment.”
The 52-year-old actor said that the constant police brutality against people of color “overcomplicates everything” that black parents teach their children about “how to function in life.” He said that the things black parents have told their children to do don’t seem to work, and he is baffled by the fact that cops can escalate things “to something like we have today.”
Foxx said that all they are trying to do is ask questions of why, and then he compared Floyd’s arrest for an alleged forgery that resulted in murder to the peaceful arrest of Dylann Roof. In 2015, Roof – who is a white supremicist – killed nine members of a historically black church, yet the police managed to arrest him without incident.
“I’m not a celebrity. I’m from Terrell, Texas. These are my brothers. This means everything because at the end of the day, when we see you guys out there on the frontline, we want to let you know that you’ve got support,” Foxx continued. “God bless George and his family.”
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Foxx later posted a video on Instagram of others who spoke at the rally.
The four cops involved in Floyd’s murder have been fired, and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has brought third degree murder and manslaughter charges against the officer who was caught on camera with his knee on Floyd’s neck.
Freeman anticipates that more charges will be brought against the other three officers, as the protests around the country continue.