While the last two weeks have been filled with tears, heartbreak, pain, sadness and devastation. We've also seen days filled with hope, togetherness, strength and resilience.
We've seen countries come together like never before to stand up against injustice and police brutality. Yes, the same police brutality and injustices Black people have faced, experienced and have been fighting against, for hundreds of years all the while it fell on deaf ears.
In just 11 days we witnessed all 50 states and over 18 countries hold George Floyd protests with over 10,000 protesters arrested...the largest Civil Rights movement ever. If there were ever a time when people were finally listening, it is now. We cannot stop the fight, this is only the beginning of lots of change to come.
Today we honor George Floyd's life as he is laid to rest at Houston Memorial Gardens in Pearland, following a private funeral. The family of Ahmaud Arbery, Botham Jean and Eric Garner were in attendance. A tragic meeting of black victims of police violence.
We hope that the unfortunate, tragic death of George Floyd will inspire a lasting change in how America confronts head on, the problems of racism and hate. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said today "When I see my NASCAR drivers, recognizing and acknowledging that Black Lives Matter -- people that have never in their lifetimes said those words -- that's a new movement."