Rapper, business mogul, and voice of the people, Shawn 'JAY-Z' Carter, put in a call to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz over the tumultuous weekend that saw protests and violence spread to numerous US cities following the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minnesota Police.
In a press conference the Governor explained the way Carter approached him not as an “international performer," but as a father stressing to him that "justice needs to be served."
According to FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul Walz elaborated, saying “It was so incredibly human. It was a dad, and I think quite honestly a black man whose visceral pain of this that he knew. His words summarized that justice needs to be served here.”
“He said he feels the compassion and the humanity of these folks who are speaking,” said Walz. “He knows the world is watching, and how Minnesota handles this is going to have an impact across the country. It’s a positive sign that someone of a stature, that has a presence like that, is focused in the moment of what Minnesotans are focused on.”
In a statement released on the official RocNation Twitter account, JAY-Z thanked the Governor for bringing Minnesota's Attorney General Keith Ellison in to take over the case, and asked politicians to “do the right thing and prosecute all those responsible for the murder of George Floyd to the fullest extent of the law," adding, “I prevail on every politician, prosecutor, and officer in the country to have the courage to do what is right. Have the courage to look at us as humans, dads, brothers, sisters, and mothers in pain. And look at yourselves.”
“Yes, I am human," Carter said. "A father and a black man in pain and I am not the only one. This is just a first step. I am more determined to fight for justice than any fight my would-be oppressors may have.”
Also over the weekend, Carter's wife, Beyoncé, released a message on Instagram, saying “We need justice for George Floyd... We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain.” The singer then encouraged her followers to sign the petition in her bio "if you want to demand more charges brought on all those involved in the death of George Floyd."