Give Us Hope, Gianna. George Floyd’s Daughter’s Brave Smile & Straight Answers Will Break Your Heart

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Give Us Hope, Gianna. George Floyd’s Daughter’s Brave Smile & Straight Answers Will Break Your Heart

Illustration: Mitesh Parmar

George Floyd’s six-year-old daughter does not know that her father was killed by police officials, but she knows that he is gone and it has had an impact on the world. In a video which has now gone viral on social media, Gianna Floyd can be heard saying, “Daddy changed the world.”

The little girl seated on Stephen Jackson Sr’s shoulders, her father’s close friend and a former NBA player, responded to the question “Daddy did what?” loud and clear.

Jackson, who uploaded the video to his Instagram, can also be heard repeating the same line alongside a free-spirited Gianna. “That’s right GiGi ‘Daddy changed the world’ George Floyd the name of change, ” his caption read.

The tear-jerking video shot after the press conference at the Minneapolis City Hall on Tuesday, June 2, wherein Floyd’s family demanded justice over his cruel death, has been shared by people across the world.

Kamala Harris, US Senator for California, said she was both “heartbroken and inspired” by Gianna’s words.

Michael Dapaah, best known as Big Shaq, cheered on little Gianna.

Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr, shamed America for waking up after a six-year-old lost her father. “Children shouldn’t have to lose their fathers for social change,” she said.

King herself was around Gianna’s age when her father was assassinated.

Across the world, people continue to stand in solidarity with the Floyd family and their loss has moved America to fight for change and for justice.

Seeing Gianna smile is both heartbreaking and healing.

The six year-old also appeared on Good Morning America with her mother Roxie Washington. “I miss him… he played with me,” Gianna said.

Washington called Floyd a good father who only wanted his daughter “to have the best”. “That was his baby. He loved his little girl,” she said.

It has been an uphill battle to correct America’s broken system that has time and again failed to protect its black citizens. The fight is best summed by Rev Al Sharpto’s eulogy at Floyd’s memorial on June 4: “It’s time for us to stand up in George’s name and say, ’Get your knee off our necks.’”

With Gianna, the hope lives on.