The death of George Floyd has resulted in protests and civil unrest in numerous cities including Minneapolis, Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles and more.
Floyd, 46, was murdered by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin on Monday, May 25, after Chauvin arrested Floyd and pressed his knee against his neck for nine minutes. Floyd, who was unarmed during the time of the arrest, pleaded with the officer stating that he could not breathe.
Footage of the incident went viral on social media and has helped with the investigation and arrest of Chauvin on Friday, May 29.
Since the murder of Floyd, many artists have gone to social media to state their views on the situation. Bronx rapper, Cardi B, took the opportunity to use her platform to not only give her point of view but to remind her followers that while protesting is great, voting is “power” and they should all be voting in their local elections.
“I also wanna say this, another way for the people to take power — I don’t wanna make everything political, but it is what it is — it’s by voting,” she said. “And when I say voting, I’m not only talking about the president. We can vote for mayors, we can vote for judges and we can vote for district attorneys.”
“The people who are voting for these people are most likely cops. Most likely rednecks. That’s why every single time that some fu*k sh*t like this happen, it goes to their favor,” she continued. “These people have the power, these judges, these DAs, these attorneys, they have the power to prosecute these cops when they do fu*k sh*t like this. That’s why we have to vote. We have to be aware when these elections are going on. We have to be aware and inform ourselves of these people that are in power… [and] have power where you live at.”
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