Trailblazing Black trans Minneapolis official sings soul-stirring tribute to George Floyd after he was killed by police
Andrea Jenkins, a Black trans woman and vice president of the Minneapolis city council, gave a heartbreaking rendition of “Amazing Grace” at a press conference on the death of George Floyd.
At a press conference on the killing of George Floyd on Thursday, (May 28), Jenkins gave a haunting rendition of “Amazing Grace”.
Floyd, a Black man, was killed by a white Minneapolis police officer on Monday (May 25), who used his knee to pin Floyd to the ground by his neck until he went limp.
The 46-year-old, was was unarmed, can be heard a widely-shared video gasping “please, I can’t breathe”, and “don’t kill me”, before he passed away.
After his death Jenkins said she wanted to offer some “amazing grace” to Floyd’s family, and added: “My deepest condolences and sympathies are with you in this traumatic, tragic moment of grief.”
BREAKING: In stirring moment, Minneapolis Council Vice Pres. Andrea Jenkins sings "Amazing Grace" at press conference on death of George Floyd.
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Jenkins continued: “I also stand here to grieve with my community today, with all the Black people all throughout this country, all throughout America and right here in Minneapolis.
“We feel as if there was a knee on all of our collective necks — a knee that says Black life does not matter to the institutions that dictate what happens in this culture and society.
“I am a part of this system to help to take that knee off of our necks. And that is the work that I will be doing.”
In becoming vice president of the Minneapolis city council, Andrea Jenkins was the first trans person of colour to be elected to any office in America.