The brother of George Floyd addressed the riots in an impassioned speech at a prayer vigil for his brother in Minneapolis on Monday.
Faithwire reports that Terrence Floyd urged for the termination of the riots at the site where his brother died last week after a police officer pinned him to the ground, placing his knee on his neck for several minutes.
“I’m not over here blowing up stuff,” he said in response to the riots. “What are y’all doing? You’re doing nothing. That’s not going to bring my brother back,” he said.
He likened the violent riots to drinking, stating that it “might feel good for the moment, but when you come down, you’re gonna wonder what you did.”
“My family is a peaceful family,” Terrence Floyd asserted. “My family is God-fearing. Yeah, we’re upset. But we’re not gonna take it, we’re not gonna be repetitious.”
“Do this peacefully, please,” he pleaded. “My brother moved [to Minneapolis] from Houston, and I used to talk to him on the phone. He loved it here. … I highly doubt — no, I know — he would [not] want y’all to be doing this.”
Floyd also urged the people to educate themselves on who they will vote for as it would make a positive difference.
Floyd concluded his speech by leading the crowd in chanting, "Peace on the left, justice on the right," followed by back and forth chants of “George Floyd!”
In an interview with Good Morning America, Floyd noted that anger from the riots can be channeled in a positive manner.
"It's OK to be angry but channel your anger to do something positive or make a change another way because we've been down this road already," he said. "The anger, damaging your hometown is not the way he'd want."
Rev. McCall, who accompanied Terrence Floyd on GMA, echoed Floyd’s sentiment.
“The Bible says, ‘Be angry, but sin not.’ (Ephesians 4:26). So, it’s good to protest, and we want to continue to keep the protests while we continue to call for justice” McCall asserted.
“But we need peace. We don’t need looters, we need peace. And the best way that you can get peace is on your knees, praying and asking God to hear our cry,” the Reverend concluded.
As Christian Headlines previously reported, friends of George Floyd remember him as a man of faith.
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.