George Floyd’s family carries the pain of all the Black families who came before them
On Tuesday, the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the fight for justice arrives at the White House, as Floyd’s family meets with President Joe Biden.
It is a moment of persistence, like Frederick Douglass’ 1863 visit to Lincoln’s White House to protest the treatment of Black soldiers. It is a moment of dignity, like Booker T. Washington sitting down for dinner with Teddy Rooseveltin 1901. It is a moment of justice, like Martin Luther King Jr. meeting with Lyndon Johnson in advance of the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
When George Floyd’s family walks into the White House on Tuesday, they’ll be carrying the hopes of those whose voices have grown weary as they’ve cried out for justice. They’ll be carrying the dreams of those who never lived to see Black equality. They’ll be carrying the memories of those who’ve died in the struggle against racism.