L.A. Faith Leaders Take a Knee for George Floyd

Faith Leaders pray in the streets of Los Angeles for George Floyd as we remember and reproduce this prayer with his brother Terrance Floyd:



Rev. Kevin McCall Hey, hey, hey. Hey, hey. First of all, before I start, let me say one thing to the media. You have to be respectful. I know you want a story, but it’s not about your story, so you have to be respectful. Good afternoon, my brothers and my sisters.


My white allies, my blue allies that are here today. My name is Reverend Kevin McCall. I’m a civil rights leader in Brooklyn, New York.

Audience: Thank you for coming.


Rev. Kevin McCall: We came today with a delegation that you will hear from. The delegation consists of attorney Sanford Rubenstein, community activist Chris Banks, the brother of George Floyd, Terrance Floyd.


Audience: God bless you.


Rev. Kevin McCall: We came all the way, flew all the way here.


Audience:

Thank you, brother.


Rev. Kevin McCall: For simply one message.


Audience: Yes. Yes, sir.


Rev. Kevin McCall: We came in solidarity of those who are in … been in the streets peacefully, protesting, simply saying no justice …


Audience: No peace.


Rev. Kevin McCall: … and no peace.


Audience: Yep. That’s right.


Rev. Kevin McCall: This family is a respectable family.


Audience: That’s right.


Rev. Kevin McCall: This family is a peaceful family.


Audience: Yes they are.


Rev. Kevin McCall: As outraged as you are, the family is too.


Audience: That’s right.


Rev. Kevin McCall: But you cannot come before the family.


Audience: That’s it. You go speak.


Rev. Kevin McCall: You cannot become before the victim. The family has called for peace.


Audience: Come on now. Come on.


Rev. Kevin McCall: The family has called for peace.


Audience: Come on now. Peace.


Rev. Kevin McCall: The family has called for peace.


Audience: Yes.


Rev. Kevin McCall: The family has called for peace. The family has called for peace. We’re sending a message to people all over this country to stop looting.


Audience: Yes.


Rev. Kevin McCall: And throw up the peace sign.


Audience: Yes.


Rev. Kevin McCall: The power is in the numbers.


Audience: Come on, brother.


Rev. Kevin McCall: Don’t stop protesting, but throw up the peace sign. The family has a long road ahead of justice.


Audience: Come on.


Rev. Kevin McCall: But just because we’re doing it peacefully, that doesn’t mean we don’t want all four of the officers locked up.


Audience: That’s right. Justice.


Rev. Kevin McCall: Lock up all four. Lock up all four. Lock up all four. Lock up all four. Lock up all four. Lock up all four. Lock up all four.


Audience: Lock up all four. Lock up all four. Lock them all up.


Rev. Kevin McCall: Those are responsible for the murder …


Audience: Come on now. Yes, sir?


Rev. Kevin McCall: Too many times, the media and the people want to talk about black-on-black crime.


Audience: Sing. Yes. Tell us that.


Rev. Kevin McCall: And saying, “Oh, it’s crime in Minnesota, Minneapolis. It’s crime in New York City. It’s crime in Chicago.”


Audience: Help.


Rev. Kevin McCall: But guess what, when you do a crime, you do the time.


Audience: Now you’re talking.


Rev. Kevin McCall: Them officers did a crime and they deserve to be locked up. And we will not rest until they get locked up.


Audience: In that order.


Rev. Kevin McCall: Once that happens, if they want peace, we’ll give them peace when you give us justice.


Audience: There you go. There you go. There you go. [crosstalk 00:05:23] We want justice.


Rev. Kevin McCall: Just like we have a left hand a right hand, we want peace on the left and justice on the right.


Audience: There you go.


Rev. Kevin McCall: Peace on the left, justice on the right. Peace on the left, justice on the right. Peace on the left, justice on the right. Peace on the left, justice on the right. Peace on the left, justice on the right.


Audience: Peace on the left, justice on the right.


Rev. Kevin McCall: You are now here from this brother who traveled with us, who has to endure watching his blood brother die at the hands of a corrupt police. Let us respect him as he speaks at this time. Please, let us hear what a sound of a round of applause for our dear brother, the brother of Gregory Floyd, Terrance Floyd. Terrence Floyd is the brother of George Floyd. Let us hear from him.


Audience: All right, man. We are here for you.


Terrence Floyd: First of all …


Audience: Take your time, brother. Social work for economic justice.


Terrence Floyd: First of all …


Terrence Floyd: Hello.


Audience: Hello, hello.


Terrence Floyd: I understand you all upset, but I can deservedly say, I dealt in y’all’s habits of society.


Audience: Come on, now. I can’t hear. Speak.


Terrence Floyd: So if I’m not over here wilding out, if I’m not over here blowing up stuff …


Audience: Come on.


Terrence Floyd: … if I’m not over here messing up my community, then what are y’all doing?

What are y’all doing? Y’all doing nothing, because that’s going to bring my brother back at all.

It may feel good for the moment, just like when you drink, but when it come down, you going to

wonder what you did.


Audience: That’s right. Yes, sir. So true.


Terrence Floyd: My family is a peaceful family. My family is god fearing.


Audience: Amen.


Terrence Floyd: Yeah, we upset, but we not going to take it, we not going to be repetitious. In every case of police brutality, the same thing has been happening.


Audience: Yes, sir.


Terrence Floyd: Y’all protest, y’all destroy stuff, and they don’t move. You know why they don’t move? Because it’s not their stuff, it’s our stuff.


Audience: That’s it.


Terrence Floyd: So they want us to destroy our stuff.


Rev. Kevin McCall: Come on, guy.


Terrence Floyd: They’re not going to move.