George Floyd and Father’s Day

George Floyd had five kids (that we know of) with several women. Father’s Day must have been a really busy day for him unless all of the kids and their mothers would gather in one place for this special day.

George’s father was no help in teaching George what to do on Father’s Day since his father was no more to be seen after George was two years old.

George may have empathized with the anguish his father must have felt from missing Father’s Day as George was separated from his family between 1997 and 2005, while serving eight jail terms on various charges, including drug possession, theft, and trespass.

George must have had a close relationship with his mother because he called out to her as he was dying from a self-induced drug overdose discovered in his official autopsy.

George’s family gives new meaning to the adjective extended as they held three distinct memorial services to thank the people who donated over $13 million from GoFundMe to add to the $27 million from the Minneapolis City Council as reparations for a crime that was not yet established as the Chauvin trial was just getting underway.

George’s brother, Philonise, apparently is in charge of the money as he said it will cover expenses for “mental and grief counselling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George,” as well as the ongoing “benefit and care of his children and their educational fund”.

Al Sharpton, in appearances wherever he noticed that a camera was present, apparently is ready and willing to provide the mental and grieve counseling for the extended family. How extended? George had five siblings. His family is known for being large going back to his great grandmother who had 22 children and his Aunt Angela who has nine sisters.

It may be prudent for the family to engage the services of, a genealogy search service, to identify additional family members who may benefit from the mental and grieve counseling. Using DNA match, the company can scientifically identify and confirm all of George Floyd’s family members.

An anonymous source (see how that works?) suggested that Al Sharpton should take a DNA test from Ancestry to see if he could be related to the Floyd family and get some of that mental and grieve counseling.

To allay any concerns about the use of DNA results by law enforcement, the company states that “Ancestry does not voluntarily cooperate with law enforcement. To provide our Users with the greatest protection under the law, we require all government agencies seeking access to Ancestry customers’ data to follow valid legal process and do not allow law enforcement to use Ancestry’s services to investigate crimes or to identify human remains”.

The statement by Ancestry may have been in response to several claims that the George Floyd autopsy results were falsified and that George died because a police officer knelt on him and not because of the lethal drugs that were confirmed by an autopsy to be in his system during his arrest by four Minneapolis police officers.

Try as they may, the Lame Stream Media will never convince me that the death of George Floyd is a matter of race. Critical race theory and white supremacy are the latest permutations of that claim.

I can counter with examples of how racial hatred and division comes from lack of a father:

Maxine Waters is the fifth of 13 children. She was raised by a single mother after her father left the family when she was two.

“Rev” Al Sharpton told Oprah about his father leaving his family, taking Sharpton’s older, half sister with him and having a child with her.

“Rev” Jesse Jackson’s mother, Helen Burns, was 16; his father, Noah Louis Robinson was  a married man. When Jesse was 2, Helen married Charles Jackson but Jesse lived with his grandmother Matilda until he was 13.

Martin Luther King Sr., a clergyman in Atlanta, taught his son not only to stand against the system of hate surrounding them, but also to forgive the people caught up in it. His father taught him to live as a man of character, love and courage. His father taught him never to let go of the dream of freedom.

See the connection?

I wish the Floyd family well…but do wonder what George’s life would have been like if his father had been around.

Maybe Father’s Day is important…to remind us that fathers are important?