George Floyd's Sister LaTonya Says She Forgives His Killer Derek Chauvin

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Latonya Floyd (C) and Zsa Zsa Floyd (2nd R) pray before a balloon release in honor of their brother George Floyd, on the anniversary of his murder, in Houston, Texas, May 25, 2021. - The family of African American George Floyd appealed on May 25 for sweeping police reform on the anniversary of his murder by a white officer as they met President Joe Biden at the White House. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)
"I pray that next time he kneel down, he's kneeling down to help someone up and not hold them down," she expressed.

Thursday (May 25) marked the three-year anniversary of George Floyd's death, a Black man who was killed by white police officer Derek Chauvin after he was suspected of using a counterfeit 20-dollar bill. His unjust murder led to a wave of protests, calls for reform, and a widespread resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement, whose story spans centuries back and continues to be a crucial fight for social equality and justice to this day. Recently, Floyd's sister LaTonya reflected on Chauvin's actions during a documentary screening on a statue dedicated to Floyd. Her remarks caused conversation among communities, but were nonetheless powerful.

"America might think I'm crazy for saying this, but I have to get this off my chest," LaTonya Floyd told FOX 26. "At this point, three years down the line, I do forgive Derek Chauvin for what he did. It's not okay that he did it, okay? But I have to forgive him in order to move forth with my life. I've been running around in circles, he'll tell you, I have been going through a whole lot. If that higher power don't forgive us, we're nothing, we're lost, we're out of there.

George Floyd's Sister Forgives Derek Chauvin

"I can't keep living my life with this anger that's going to form to hate, such as he had," she continued. "It's going to lead to me doing something like that because I'm mad, I'm angry. I can't live with that in me. So I pray for him and I pray that he finds peace within himself. I pray that next time he kneel down, he's kneeling down to help someone up and not hold them down. God has a plan for everybody. I pray for Derek and I do forgive you. If you are listening, may the peace of God be with you man."

Many believe that such acts should never be forgiven, as social media discussion of her message indicates. Chauvin is currently serving his 22-and-a-half-year sentence for the incident. However, the most important voice in each victim's stories is that of their families. After so much pain and suffering, but also progress and awareness following their loved one's passing, the Floyd family is healing in their own ways. Rest In Peace George Floyd, and deepest condolences to his family, loved ones, and all those who fought and keep fighting for justice.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.