‘We are able to breathe again’: the emotional speech from George Floyd’s brother Philonise

I feel relieved today that I finally have the opportunity to hopefully getting some sleep. [There’s] a lot of days that I pray, and I hope, and I was speaking everything into existence. I said: “I have faith that he will be convicted”.

It’s been a long journey and it’s been less than a year. The person that comes to my mind is 1955 and to me, he was the first George Floyd. That was Emmett Till. I was on CNN, with Deborah Watts (Emmett Till’s cousin) and she just brought him back to life. People forgot about him but he was the first George Floyd.

George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd wipes his eyes during a news conference after the verdict.Credit:AP

I get calls. I get DMs. People from Brazil, from Ghana, from Germany, everybody, London, Italy. They’re all saying the same thing: “we won’t be able to breathe until you are able to breathe.” Today, we are able to breathe again.

I told you, we will get justice. And still, we’re gonna fight for you too. We got to fight for everybody.

Thank you all so much for just giving us this time. Because we’re here. And we’re not going anywhere. And I want to thank all the protesters, all the attorneys who stepped up all the activists who stepped up, and many who think they’re not activists, but advocates.

Thank you all. Because justice for George means freedom for all.

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