Updated: June 03, 2020 03:15 PM
Created: June 03, 2020 11:18 AM
In an unannounced visit Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz spent part of his morning at the growing memorial in south Minneapolis for George Floyd, who died May 25 while in police custody.
Along with First Lady Gwen Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, the group spent time with community members. Walz even wrote in chalk, "Justice now."
Walz also took a moment to apologize to CNN reporter Omar Jimenez, whom Minnesota State Patrol troopers arrested while he was covering the unrest in the Twin Cities.
After, he spoke about how this week has been and what needs to happen moving forward.
“It’s very personal. We wanted to try and get down early — I will say that because I very much worry about white politicians appropriating black pain, and that’s certainly not it,” Walz said.
“I don’t think we get another chance to fix this in the country, I really don’t,” the governor added. “I don’t think that's hyperbole. I think being at the heart of this and seeing the community’s pain so viscerally, this is … this is going to have to be that change we look for.”
What will our young people learn about this moment? Will his death be just another blip in a textbook? Or will it go down in history as when our country turned toward justice and change? It’s on each of us to determine that answer.— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) June 3, 2020
George Floyd’s death is the symptom of a disease. We will not wake up one day and have the disease of systemic racism cured for us. This is on each of us to solve together, and we have hard work ahead.— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) June 3, 2020
We owe that much to George Floyd, and we owe that much to each other.
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