During a memorial for George Floyd, Rev. Al Sharpton blasted President Trump for taking a photo with a bible.
Per Deadline, Sharpton spoke to a crowd that included political and civil rights leaders and celebrities, and told mourners that “for those who agendas that are not about justice, this family will not let you use George as a prop.”
Speaking of props, “I’ve never seen anyone hold a bible like that
I’ve been preaching since I was a little boy,” said Sharpton in a veiled reference to President Donald Trump, who earlier this week had his photo taken in front of DC’s St John’s Episcopal church, which had been damaged.
“If he is watching, I’d like him to open that Bible and reach Ecclesiastes 3: ‘To every season, there is a time.’ I’d like him to understand what time it is.”
“This is the time for dealing with accountability in the criminal justice system,” Sharpton said, then called for greater transparency about police officers’ records, noting that police have records on citizens before saying, “Why don’t we know if police have a pattern?”
He said, referencing Obama-era policies that, “We gotta go back to consent decrees.”
“There is a time and a season for everything,” he continued. “Time is up. Time is out. This is the time.”
“You all talk about making America great,” said the reverend. “Great for who and when? We gonna make America great for everybody.”
“George Floyd’s story is the story of black folks,” said Sharpton. “You kept your knee on our neck. We had creative skills, but we couldn’t get your knee off our neck. It’s time for us in George’s name to stand up and say, ‘Get your knee off our necks.’”
“We don’t want favors, just get up off of us, and we can be and do whatever we can be.”
“George Floyd’s story has been the story of black folks,” says Rev. Al Sharpton during his eulogy.
“The reason we could never be who we wanted and dreamed of being is you kept your knee on our neck… Like George, we couldn’t breathe… You wouldn’t take your knee off our neck.” pic.twitter.com/Vk4cozPwxZ
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