A 12-year-old gospel singer resonated in the hearts of millions when he shared an emotional song about police brutality after George Floyd’s death.
Keedron Bryant, a young African-American singer who entered NBC’s ‘Little Big Shots’ contest, shared a video of himself on Instagram this week singing about being a ‘young black man’.
“I’m a young black man / do everything I can / stand / Oh, but when I look around / and I see what is being done to my species / every day, I get hunted like prey,” he sings.
In the chorus he sings the heartbreaking lyrics ‘I just want to live’.
“My people don’t want problems / We’ve had enough struggles / I just want to live / God, protect me / I just want to live / I just want to live.”
Keedron Bryant (photo) touched the hearts of millions with a song about being a ‘young black man’ in America
Bryant’s song comes when protests and riots flood Minneapolis’ streets in response to 46-year-old Floyd’s death.
On Monday, a disturbing video showed a white officer named Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck repeatedly calling out that he couldn’t breathe.
The video sparked immediate outrage and brought the discussion of police brutality, racism and systematic repression to the forefront of American discourse.
In the song, Bryant sings (photo): ‘My people don’t want any problems / we’ve had enough struggles / I just want to live / God protect me / I just want to live’
Bryant, from Jacksonville, Florida, captioned the heartfelt post, “Just sing what’s on my heart … hope this blesses someone.”
This rendition has since been viewed over seven million times and has garnered much praise.
Celebrities like actress Lupita Nyong’o, NBA star Lebron James and legendary pop artist Janet Jackson have all responded.
“He shouldn’t have to sing this song,” Nyong’o wrote.
Lebron James reposted Bryant’s video on Thursday, and the video has already been viewed more than six million times. ‘I LOVE YOU KID! I LOVE US! ” He wrote.
Actress Eva Longoria also shared the video and prayed for Bryant’s safety.
NBA star Lebron James posted Bryant’s video to Instagram, receiving over six million views
Eva Longoria: “Please God protect him. And please lead us out of these troubled waters. “
“God protect him, please. And please lead us out of these troubled waters, “she wrote.
Actor David Oyelowo, who is Dr. Martin Luther King starred in the 2014 movie Selma, saying the news of Floyd’s death overwhelmed him.
“Checked that I’m having a hard time today. How do I explain this infinite cycle to my 3 sons. God help us, ”he wrote in a post accompanying Bryant’s video.
“#georgefloyd #ahmaudarbery #ericgarner #mikebrown #trayvonmartin #emmetttill and so on and on and on …” he added.
In the comments of Bryant’s video, NFL star Odell Beckham Jr said, “It is really getting out of hand… just sad world man.
“LOVE ALWAYS PROFIT I don’t understand this world.”
Social media users had similar feelings when Bryant’s video went viral.
“My God … the fact that Keedron Bryant, a 12-year-old black boy is singing so poignantly about the trauma inflicted on Black America and just wanting to live is spooky. Our children don’t deserve this pain and this fear, ”wrote one woman. “Black Live Matter.”
“I’m leaving this here. This young man’s voice speaks to all young, old and deceased black Americans whose lives are in constant danger or danger! one man wrote.
“RIP to brother #GeorgeFloyd who will kill another Black American Man!”
Several social media users were appalled that a 12-year-old was forced to fight racism at such a young age
Sango: “This young man’s voice speaks to all young, old and deceased black Americans whose lives are in constant danger or danger!”
Several protests have erupted in the United States after a video showed an officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck during an arrest
George Floyd (pictured) died in police custody Monday and the way of death has sparked protests across America
Since Floyd’s death, Minneapolis authorities have fired four police officers, including Chauvin, but anger has raged among protesters and locals calling for the officers to be arrested.
Three nights of riot have swept the city, looting several stores, further arrests of protesters, and on Thursday night the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct Building is set on fire.
Several other protests have appeared in other places around the country, including Pensacola, Florida, and New York City.
In response, President Donald Trump threatened to take control of Minneapolis last night, warning “criminals” in the city that “when the looting begins, the shooting begins.”
Police were forced to flee the burning Third Police Precinct in Minneapolis in late Thursday, when rioters broke into the building and set the building on fire, wandering the halls with baseball bats, axes and torches.
Shocking footage showed flames coming out of the police station just hours after prosecutors warned that there is ‘evidence that criminal prosecution does not support’ in the case of the four police officers accused of murdering Floyd, raising fears that they would keep walking.
In extraordinary scenes Friday morning, Minnesota State Patrol arrested a CNN television crew while reporting the unrest in Minneapolis.
The National Guard was sent to Minneapolis on Thursday evening as riots, protests and looting continued this week
Pictured: Denver police face protesters outside the State Capitol over the death of George Floyd
While live on the air, CNN reporter Omar Jimenez was handcuffed and taken away. A producer and a photojournalist for CNN were also taken in handcuffs.
Police using pepper spray and bats arrived to disperse protesters outside the police station just after 4:30 am. It was the first time that authorities had been spotted in the area for about an hour.
A total of 500 National Guard soldiers were deployed to the streets of Minneapolis, and neighboring St. Paul and Mayor Jacob Frey declared a state of emergency as the riots continued into the early hours.
Frey called the pillage “unacceptable,” but was furious with Trump for “refusing to take responsibility for your own actions,” saying the president “knows nothing about the power of Minneapolis.”
Trump warned people on Twitter that “criminals” who looted Minneapolis that enforcement will increase
Trump’s first tweet in the chain accused the “radical left mayor” of “total lack of leadership” and warned that he was ready to send troops. This tweet was not hidden by Twitter.
Separation protests over Floyd’s death are on the rise in several states, with disturbing footage of the driver of a black SUV appearing to deliberately mow a Black Lives Matter demonstrator in Denver – panicking when fired on a march on Colorado State Capitol.
In New York City, NYPD officers were seen on the ground with protesters while at least 70 people were arrested.
Ohio protesters smashed the windows of the downtown Columbus state house and looted the building, and protesters damaged a police car in downtown Los Angeles.
Pictured: Protesters demonstrate outside a burning 3rd Minneapolis police station on Thursday
Pictured: A demonstrator breaks a window of a baseball bat company in St. Paul, Minnesota on Thursday amid protests for George Floyd
Pictured: protesters shout slogans at police officers on guard for Los Angeles police next to City Hall during protests over George Floyd’s deadly arrest in Minneapolis
In Kentucky, seven people were shot in downtown Louisville during a protest that demanded justice for the black woman Breonna Taylor shot by the police in March, as the Floyd case rekindled tensions between the police and the African American community .
President Trump waded into the escalating violence in Minneapolis in the early hours of Friday, warning that he would intervene and take over if officials did not control the riots.
He shot the ‘Radical Left Mayor’ Frey and said he had to ‘put his act together’ while beating protesters for ‘dishonoring Floyd’s memory’ and warning ‘when the looting begins, the shooting begins’.
“I can’t wait to see this happen in a great American city, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak radical left-wing mayor, Jacob Frey, brings his act together and puts the city under control, or I send the National Guard and get the job done … “, tweeted the president.
In the early hours of this morning, Mayor Frey fired back at the President and said, “Donald Trump knows nothing about the power of Minneapolis.”
“Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions. Weakness is pointing a finger at someone else in times of crisis, “he said.
“Is this a difficult time? Yes, but you can be sure we’ll get through this. ‘
Frey said he understood the “pain and anger in our city now,” but added that “what we’ve seen in the past few hours and the past few nights in terms of looting is unacceptable.”