Get your Knee Off our Necks

On Friday, June 5th, the first of several memorials to the life of George Floyd was held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. While all of these ceremonies are showing respect to the man who was deliberately killed in public by a police officer, it was at this event that Reverend Sharpton summed up our racial problems with the directive “Get you knee off our necks!

“George Floyd’s story has been the story of black folks. Because ever since 401 years ago, the reason we could never be who we wanted and dreamed to be is you kept your knee on our neck,” the Rev. Al Sharpton asserted in his eulogy. “It’s time for us to stand up in George’s name and say, ‘Get your knee off our necks!” He further explained “.We could run corporations and not hustle in the street, but you had your knee on our neck. We had creative skills, we could do whatever anybody else could do, but we couldn’t get your knee off our neck. What happened to Floyd happens every day in this country, in education, in health services, and in every area of American life, it’s time for us to stand up in George’s name and say get your knee off our necks.”

George Floyd was killed by the pressure of an police officer’s knee held to his neck for nearly nine minutes. This act took place in public, yet had it not been recorded on the phones of several concerned individuals, George Floyd’s death might have never come to our attention. His demise would have been just another black man killed while resisting arrest. To set the record straight George was handcuffed and being escorted by four officers. And this is a county where we have the right to a trial before receiving a death sentence. Or that is the way it is supposed to be.

George Floyd’s Death

Floyd, was not a public figure before his murder, but he was a person of character according to his family and friends. Perry, as he was known, played sports in high school. He attended a community college for two years/ He had his problems and spent four years in prison for drug related charges. After Floyd’s release he became involved with a local church and then decided to move to from Huston to Minneapolis be with his family and to find work.

It is Reverend Sharpton’s lifelong record supporting civil rights, that allows him to make offer such a strong pronouncement. As a Baptist minister, founder of the National Action Network and host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC, Sharpton has the confidence of black and whites alike. He can be trusted to get the word on the street out and speak for those who have no voice. This time he conveyed the message that blacks in America have long wanted to say regarding institutionalized racism.

The Dayology Analysis

George Floyd

Rev. Al Sharpton

Both George Floyd and Reverend Al Sharpton were born on Sunday and in the sign of Libra. While they were born several decades apart they share the same #07 SUN LIB signature. Individuals born with the same Dayology signature have similar energies guiding their lives. Often a great deal of identification occurs when they meet or learn of each other’s lives. They instinctively understand one another. It has not been stated whether the actual life paths of Floyd or Sharpton ever crossed, but they would have certainly seen the good in each other.

Waynel Sexton, Perry Floyd’s second grade teacher has posted on Facebook that Perry Floyd expressed aspirations of impacting the world and ensuring justice for Americans. His eight year old dreams were to become a supreme court justice. Sexton saved Floyd’s childhood essay about “what he want to be.” to this day. “He was a good boy,” according Sexton. “He was a delight to have in the classroom.” She added ‘I’m sure this isn’t the way Floyd envisioned of being famous or bringing justice,” We would have to agree, but deep down we see the connection,

Perhaps if America valued the potential of all its children, George Perry Floyd might have achieved his dream or at least found his rightful place in the justice system. His #07 SUN LIB Dayology signature contained SUNDAY forces which produces people of substance and LIBRA energies which gives an interest in social movements, institutions, programs. Everyone who knew Floyd personally has stated that he was a gentle giant who naturally helped others feel good about themselves. He demonstrated his faith and spiritual composure as he was tortured and killed unjustly. His tragic death certainly deserves to be an example for what should not be happening to anyone of any race anywhere,