On May 25 the cultural climate of the U.S. changed drastically during COVID-19 when George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis Police. Since the merciless killing of another African American man—protest, social media platforms and various organizing groups have voiced their intolerance for social injustice and domestic terrorism.
Floyd, an unarmed Black man, died in police custody after a white police officer handcuffed him and knelt on his neck for several minutes. Bystanders filmed the incident and later shared the video to social media platforms.
The George Floyd Memorial Fund’s request for a 1.5 million dollar goal was easily met as donations and offerings poured in since the first wave of the social media outcry.
Over 190,000 contributors have donated and the fund continues to grows. Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, is cited as the contact for the growing GoFundMe.
After six days of its initial launch, the GoFundMe is currently at 10.7 million dollars and is growing. Philonise Floyd shared about the usage of the fund as to “Cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings.”
Floyd’s brother continued, “A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.”
As many organize and continue their support for the Floyd family, more information about the fund at be found the Official George Floyd Memorial Fund.