jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 11th June 2020
CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 86 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Tuesday 9th June 2020
‘He is going to change the world’: Mourners remember George Floyd at Houston funeral
Powerful messages at George Floyd’s funeral service
HOUSTON — George Floyd was fondly remembered Tuesday as “Big Floyd” — a father and brother, athlete and neighbourhood mentor, and now a catalyst for change — at a funeral for the black man whose death has sparked a global reckoning over police brutality and racial prejudice.
More than 500 mourners wearing masks against the coronavirus packed a Houston church a little more than two weeks after Floyd was pinned to the pavement by a white Minneapolis police officer who put a knee on his neck for what prosecutors said was 8 minutes and 46 seconds.
Cellphone video of the encounter, including Floyd’s pleas of “I can’t breathe,” ignited protests and scattered violence across the U.S. and around the world, turning the 46-year-old Floyd — a man who in life was little known beyond the public housing project where he was raised in Houston’s Third Ward — into a worldwide symbol of injustice.
“Third Ward, Cuney Homes, that’s where he was born at,’’ Floyd’s brother, Rodney, told mourners at the Fountain of Praise church. “But everybody is going to remember him around the world. He is going to change the world.”
Pallbearers brought the coffin into the church for the funeral for George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise church.
The funeral capped six days of mourning for Floyd in three cities: Raeford, North Carolina, near where he was born; Houston, where he grew up; and Minneapolis, where he died. The memorials have drawn the families of other black victims whose names have become familiar in the debate over race and justice — among them, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin.
After the service, Floyd’s golden casket was taken by hearse to the cemetery in the Houston suburb of Pearland where he was to be entombed next to his mother, for whom he cried out as he lay dying. A mile from the graveyard, the casket was transferred to a glass-sided carriage drawn by a pair of white horses. A brass band played as his casket was taken inside the mausoleum.
Hundreds of people, some chanting, “Say his name, George Floyd,” gathered along the procession route and outside the cemetery entrance in the mid-90s heat.
“I don’t want to see any black man, any man, but most definitely not a black man sitting on the ground in the hands of bad police,’’ said Marcus Brooks, 47, who set up a tent with other graduates of Jack Yates High School, Floyd’s alma mater.
In the past two weeks, amid the furore over Floyd’s death, sweeping and previously unthinkable things have taken place: Confederate statues have been toppled, and many cities are debating overhauling, dismantling or cutting funding for police departments. Authorities in some places have barred police from using chokeholds or are otherwise rethinking policies on the use of force.
Dozens of Floyd’s family members, most dressed in white, took part in the four-hour service. Grammy-winning singer Ne-Yo was among those who sang.
The mourners included actors Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, J.J. Watt of the NFL’s Houston Texans, rapper Trae tha Truth, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who brought the crowd to its feet when he announced he will sign an executive order banning chokeholds in the city.
‘‘I know you have a lot of questions that no child should have to ask, questions that too many black children have had to ask for generations: Why? Why is Daddy gone?” former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, said, addressing Floyd’s 6-year-old daughter in a video eulogy played at the service. “Now is the time for racial justice. That’s the answer we must give to our children when they ask why.”
Biden made no mention of his opponent in November. But other speakers took swipes at President Donald Trump, who has ignored demands to address racial bias and has called on authorities to crack down hard on lawlessness.
“The president talks about bringing in the military, but he did not say one word about 8 minutes and 46 seconds of police murder of George Floyd,’’ said the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist. ‘‘He challenged China on human rights. But what about the human right of George Floyd?”
Most of the pews were full, with relatively little space between people.
“So much for social distancing today,” the Rev. Remus Wright told mourners, gently but firmly instructing those attending to wear face masks.
PEARLAND, TEXAS – JUNE 09: The casket of George Floyd is carried by a white horse-drawn carriage in a funeral procession to Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery for burial on June 9, 2020 in Pearland, Texas.
George Floyd, the 46 year-old black man whose fatal arrest prompted international protests and renewed calls for a major overhaul to the US criminal justice system, was eulogized Tuesday. Hundreds of mourners attended Floyd’s funeral at the Fountain of Praise church in Houston, Texas, paying their final respects to the man who died May 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He will be buried next to his mother, who he called out to in his final minutes
Texas has no limit on how many people can gather in places of worship during the pandemic, though Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has encouraged churches to follow federal health guidelines.
Although the church service was private, at least 50 people gathered outside to pay their respects.
“There’s a real big change going on, and everybody, especially black, right now should be a part of that,” said Kersey Biagase, who traveled more than three hours from Port Barre, Louisiana, with his girlfriend, Brandy Pickney. They wore T-shirts printed with Floyd’s name and “I Can’t Breathe.”
Floyd served nearly five years in prison for robbery with a deadly weapon before becoming a mentor and a church outreach volunteer in Houston. He moved to Minnesota several years ago through a program that tried to change men’s lives by helping them find work in new settings.
At the time of his death, Floyd was out of work as a bouncer at a Minneapolis club that had closed because of the coronavirus outbreak. He was seized by police after being accused of passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store.
Four Minneapolis officers were arrested in his death: Derek Chauvin, 44, was charged with second-degree murder. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao were charged with aiding and abetting. All four could get up to 40 years in prison.
Some of the mostly peaceful demonstrations that erupted after Floyd’s death were marked by bursts of arson, assaults, vandalism and smash-and-grab raids on businesses, with more than 10,000 people arrested. But protests in recent days have been overwhelmingly peaceful.
For years I have used a hardwood dining room chair as my office desk chair. Then my butt decided it had had enough and started getting bed sores. So, I changed to a wicker patio chair. But today I have had a brand new proper, real office desk chair. Problem is it is noisy it creaks and squeaks and rattles. Is nothing new perfect and free from fault anymore.
I posted my grandchildren’s magazines to them. I worked on Village Hall Accounts.
Mamma began painting and decorating the pantry.
Something I need to go into detail about and tell the full story is I have decided to buy an i-player Pro. Has I am a pensioner hit hard by the 2010 crash I do not have spare cash. So, I am financing it by selling things on Ebay. In the evening I went into the loft on a Treasure Hunt. It’s an Aladin’s Cave of our past. I found a wonderful plush toy dog that was my youngest daughter’s and will be loved by her children. But I will tell you all about that another day.
TV was hopeless. Why do we pay astronomical sums to Virginmedia for it and the TV licence fee!
DON’T FORGET TO LAUGH EVERYDAY ESPECIALLY WHILST IN ISOLATION
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
This time is just another opportunity for something great.
Trust the timing of your life.
Happiness is…our freedom to protest
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
“I don’t trust stairs. They’re always up to something.”
Love is…putting on a ‘smiley’ face
TOTAL STAIRWAY TO EVERST CLIMB CHALLENGE
DAY 66 18 Times – 162 Feet Cumulative Total 9,990 Feet
HORRIBLE LITTLE NUMBERS
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