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good afternoon, i'm katy tur. it is 11:00 a.m. out west and 2:00 p.m. in the east, and as we come onto air, we are watching the funeral of daunte wright who was fatally shot by a police officer in brooklyn center, minnesota. we'll bring you more on this funeral later in the hour. let us begin today in washington where the white house is trying to tackle its next big hurdle on vaccinations. a senior administration official
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now says vaccine supply is starting to outpace demand. more than half of the adult population has received at least one dose, that's true, but they are the low-hanging fruit, so to speak. the people eager to get the vaccine. there is an entire segment of the population who, for a number of reasons, are not so eager. in fact, some public health experts are giving up on the idea of herd immunity because they don't think enough americans can be convinced to take the shots. which has us askin if we need to do a better job at focusing on the good news to reach the skeptics. there has been a lot of attention focused on the breakthrough cases of covid-19, people who test positive after they're vaccinated, but let us keep that in perspective. those cases are incredibly rare. fewer than 6,000 out of more than 89 million fully vaccinated americans, according to the cdc.
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just listen to cdc director rochelle walensky with savannah guthrie on today. >> so what about those people who are breakthrough, who do get the virus? increasingly data suggests about a third of them, even if they get the virus, are completely asymptomatic and many of them have such low virus that they can't transmit to others. we still need more data in this area, but increasingly we're getting more and more data that suggests that even those breakthrough infections may be less symptomatic and less likely to transmit. >> again, out of nearly 90 million people fully vaccinated, just 400 hospitalized. only 74 died. compare that to what was happening before the vaccines. thousands of americans dying every single day. so we know vaccines are amazingly effective at stopping you from getting sick. that alone is reason to get the
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shots. but they are also the key to getting back to normal life. just look at the reports out of israel which is a world leader in vaccinations. people going to bars, meeting friends, going to live shows, surrounded by people, no masks required in public. life like it is 2019 again. the kind of thing we've only been able to dream about for a year. it is within reach if we keep following basic safety guidelines and if we all get vaccinated. joining me now is msnbc news reporter shannon pettypiece and dr. vin gupta. i should say masks not required when you're outdoors. they knew this was coming. there is a lot of misinformation and disinformation out there. what are they trying to do to get through to those folks? >> reporter: katy, you just mentioned addressing the
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concerns people have, do the vaccines really work. i know you've done a lot of reporting on this show and elsewhere about the science and the safety concerns. the administration officials i've been hearing from aren't so much concerned about reaching those people right now who have some sort of anti-vaccine conspiracy that they have bought into or have these deep-seated concerns. it's more this group of people who don't have the urgency. maybe the same people who have been partying on spring break or don't like to wear a mask or piled onto airplanes during the holidays and sort of violated all the other public health measures out there. they don't see covid as a big risk to them. now, the administration officials still think they can reach this group, but it's just going to take an extra push. it's going to take things like paid time off or incentives that employers offer them. that was something the president announced yesterday in offering this tax credit to companies that offer paid time off. it's going to be mobile clinics they just started deploying out to these communities where they
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pop up, and anybody who walks by can get one. of course, they announced they're doing this big marketing push with celebrities and sports leagues and even some conservative influencers to get this message out through social media and other media channels. as i hear them talk about this, it almost, katy, sounds like getting people to register to vote to some extent, where you have to be at their doors, their schools, their events, and even so, only about 80,000 of the population is registered to vote. it's going to take a lot of work than we've already seen being done so far. >> dr. gupta, what do you think about that? >> i think shannon is right. i've been speaking with young people across the country for the last while now, and they're all reachable. i think public health experts are saying let's give up on herd immunity, they're doing that way too soon, katy.
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these individuals are reachable, but we have to pro actively address their concerns, whether it's does the vaccine impact fertility. that is one of the major concerns people have that are younger. a lot of people are saying, if i've had the virus, do i need to get the vaccine? the answer is yes. something i was hearing talking to mlb clubs over the weekend was, does the vaccine cause autoimmune disease? the answer there is no, but we need to proactively discuss these concerns. we can't just make blanket statistics on how the vaccine keeps you out of the hospital. for younger individuals, you need a story to tell. i've been leaning to caring for younger kids in the icu with pneumonia or unexpected complications. and if one major company, whether it's in the restaurant
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industry, travel or regional industry starts mandating vaccine passports to engage in normal life, for going to the ballpark, that will set a trend and that also will be helpful, frankly. >> shannon, why is there so much hesitancy out there to mandate or to force vaccines in certain sectors or the white house to get behind that? there are so many aspects of our lives where vaccines are mandatory. if we want to travel to certain countries, we have to get certain vaccinations. if we want to put our kids in public schools, the kids have to get certain vaccinations to be there. it seems like there is hesitancy out of the white house, though, to put that on the table. >> reporter: yeah, there absolutely is. they say this is not the place of the federal government. if private businesses want to do it, maybe even if state or local governments or public schools want to do it, that's to them. but on the federal government level, they are staying far away from mandating any sort of
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vaccine use or the vaccine passport which is something we have seen -- i believe israel has -- the government there has actually been leading the charge on the vaccine passport. they don't want the federal government getting involved in collecting private health data on people, keeping any sort of repository of health information, and certainly they don't want that narrative of the federal government telling you what you have to do, especially when you have a population of republicans, conservatives, who are some of the most hesitant who are not going to respond well, of course, to anything that looks like the government telling them what to do or collecting their private medical information. >> maybe instead of the sick, they should use the carrot. look what would happen if you got the vaccine, we can go outside without masks. you can go here, go there, do this, do that. i know now that i'm fully vaccinated, i went into a
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restaurant and ate inside for the first time in a long time. it was great. vin gupta, thank you, and shannon pettypiece as well. joining me now is democratic governor phil murphy of new jersey. governor, good to see you. obviously the frustration around masks is felt countrywide. people know they need to wear them, but they are feeling tired of it. what do you say to your residents when they come to you and they say, why am i still wearing a mask outside? why is it still necessary? >> good to be with you, katy. and who could blame them for getting sick and tired of wearing them. i don't blame anybody for that. here's what we tell them. by the way, folks in new jersey overwhelmingly have done the right thing, i have to say, and i take my hat off to them. outside you only have to wear it if social distancing is not achievable. so if you could achieve social
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distancing, we are not mandating that you wear a mask. it's indoors and unfortunately the weather is still not warm enough, so therefore we're living more of our lives indoors than we would like, but it's indoors that really makes a difference, particularly when we're in tight-knit quarters. will it last forever? no, it won't. but at least for the time being we've got to hold onto that, give people a reason to believe this is not forever. if we all do the right thing, we'll emerge from this sooner than later. >> we are experiencing a cold snap in this part of the country. you want to get -- your state wants to get to 70% fully vaccinated by the month of june. you're at 38% right now. is 70% still an attainable goal? >> i think it is, katy. by the end of june, we want to get 70% of our adults fully
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vaccinated. that's 4 million folks. we have a couple more who have already gotten their first shot. yes, the johnson & johnson was a bump in the road. to your prior question, i would say less vaccine hesitancy that we knew existed in some quarters, that we're going to have to be much more proactive getting into all the nooks and crannies of our state. no one size fits all, but attacking different communities aggressively, and we will be doing that beginning the next couple of weeks. >> how are you going to target young people? are we going to see vaccination vans at the beaches up and down new jersey when it starts to get warm enough for people to go out? >> yeah, i think you will see that. and it won't be long from now. if you do the math and you sort of turn the calendar from the
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back to front, we need that 4.7 million folks, assuming we're dealing with two-shot vaccines, to have their first shot done by the end of may. this is now basically the next four or five weeks. but i think you'll see a lot of mobile, i would expect a lot of public service, a lot of vans that were bought to go into hard-to-reach communities, maybe knocking on doors as was suggested. we will, i think, deploy a whole range of strategies to get to our objective. >> anything you need right now from the federal government that you're not getting? >> the biden team has done a great job but we need more vaccine supplies. we are consistently in the top handful of states at both getting first shots done and getting any doses we get into people's arms. we're among at the top a big population state. they're doing a great job.
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they know the more supplies we could get, the faster we could get those shots into people's arms. >> 2.6 million fully vaccinated in the great state of new jersey. congratulations on that so far. governor phil murphy, thank you very much. we're going to minneapolis where family and friends of daunte wright have gathered for his funeral service. and what the alternate juror thought about derek chauvin and who she believes was the most important witness in the case. president biden held a climate summit to warn world leaders that time is running out. >> science is telling us this is the decisive decade. this is the decade we must make decisions that will avoid the
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it boggles my mind. it could have been as simple as writing him a ticket and letting him go. >> you would have voted guilty. >> i would have. they did a very good job. >> that $20 bill is weighing on a lot of people's minds. that was the alternate juror speaking with our gabe gutierrez. she didn't get to put in her vote, but she did sit through every second of that trial, and she said she would have counted him guilty. she said it was dr. martin tobin, a world-renowned specialist on breathing that cemented the case for her. we're in brooklyn center, minneapolis where a female police officer accidentally shot her gun instead of a taser,
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killing daunte wright. his funeral is happening now. tell me what you're seeing. >> reporter: you're seeing a lot of emotion, tears and hugs in that church behind me. you can see ben crump, the family attorney, giving what he's calling a plea for justice. we heard not only the family of george floyd and saw them inside the church behind me in support of the family of daunte wright, but you also have the family of emmett till, the family of oscar grant inside that church. you hear ben crump talking about the george floyd justice and policing act. that is something that got a standing ovation inside that church there. but we're expecting a very emotional couple of hours here inside the church. we know later we'll hear from reverend al sharpton who will deliver the eulogy for daunte wright. we'll hear from his family, his mother, his father, his six siblings, three brothers and two
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sisters. we've also seen his two-year-old son that's left behind. you really got a sense that not only inside the church but outside the church, there is a whirlwind of emotions. it was earlier this week that you had many people celebrating the conviction of derek chauvin for murdering george floyd, an event that happened less than 5 miles from where we're standing right now, and now you have this very somber mood, daunte wright after he leaves this church for the very last time and is buried in the cemetary. it's a very somber day in minneapolis. >> you just heard gabe mention that they are in that audience, saying she reached for her taser instead of her gun, a mistake that had deadly consequences. how do you prevent that from
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continually happening? >> katy, we've become sadly accustomed to these funerals of african-american victims, of police violence. it talks of the sacred and the political. there is a mix for a call to action including further investigation in the death in this case. so in the oscar grant case, the defense was that that officer mistook his taser for a gun. but, katy, the prosecution didn't believe that defense. they actually charged that officer with murder. it's the jury that picked the manslaughter charge. i believe what mr. wright's family is hoping is that more investigation will lead to more serious charges against the officer accused in his killing. >> those weapons are so dramatically different from the way they're shaped, the way they feel, the weight of them, where
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they are on your body. we just heard benjamin crump talk about how daunte wright's life mattered. let's play a little bit of that. >> up on your feet, if you would. daunte wright's life mattered. daunte wright's life mattered. daunte wright's life mattered. katy, aubrey, our heart is broken with yours as we come to lay him to rest, but most importantly, we celebrate his life and we define his legacy. once more, daunte wright's life
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mattered! >> the woman wiping away tears right now is katy. that is daunte wright's mother. shaq, i know we're going to hear from her and other family members pretty soon in this funeral. talk to me about what you're hearing from the people outside who have gathered and what they want to do to make sure that this sort of thing stops, that daunte wright isn't just one person on an endless line of deaths that were completely unnecessary. >> outside of this church, it's mainly media presence. we know at the trial of derek chauvin, there was much media already, and that's where the focus has shifted today. it was brooklyn center police who shot daunte wright who was
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minneapolis police department who was responsible for -- or a minneapolis police officer who was responsible for the death of george floyd. just yesterday we saw the justice department launch that pattern and practice investigation against the minneapolis police department, looking to see if there was a history or pattern of excessive use of force, a history or pattern of discrimination, looking at their protest control methods. that was something that was embraced by many members of the community, including most of the city council, remembering the days after george floyd's death, promised to disband and defund the minneapolis police department. you also heard the chief of the minneapolis police department say he welcomes that from the department of justice and he will comply and direct his officers to fully comply. that officer a key witness in the trial of derek chauvin. we're talking about two different situations, the death of george floyd, the death of
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daunte wright, you get a sense of how mixed and intertwined those two stories are. you mentioned the concern is it will just be another name in a short period of time, and the focus of people in the community is making sure that doesn't happen through police reform. >> shaq, let's listen to katy wright, daunte wright's mom. she's breaking down right now talking about her son. >> he was so happy and so proud, and he always said he couldn't wait to make his son proud. he was just -- junior was the joy of his life and he lived for him every single day, and now he's not going to be able to see him. >> god bless you.
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thank you so much. as reverend al has often said, there is no -- >> talking about the death of their child, how daunte wright jr. was the light of his life, his son. it's difficult to watch. paul, the other story we started off with was the alternate juror talking about what moved her in the derek chauvin case. she said it was the expert testimony of dr. tobin, particularly the moment that dr. tobin says george floyd took his last breath. what is the message that's now going to be sent to police departments, police officers, prosecutors around the country about what happens in the next case that's like this, if there is a next case that's like this?
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>> katy, the prosecutors in the derek chauvin trial put on a trial advocacy demonstration about how to try a case against a police officer. so other prosecutors are on notice. if you can get buy-in, cooperation from local police departments. what we now understand is, as the prosecutor said in her closing, a bad cop is a good cop's worst nightmare. hopefully this blue wall of silence where officers support each other no matter what is breaking down when it interferes with irresponsibility to serve their communities. the judge also, i think, really did an excellent job at presiding over one of these cases, so i think other departments will look at this case, they'll look at what happened to officer chauvin as a deterrent and also as a reason to train their officers better and to make sure that training
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takes. chauvin had lots of hours of training, but apparently it didn't impact him in the way that it should have. >> paul butler, thank you. shaquille brewster, thank you as well. al sharpton is expected to deliver the eulogy in a few minutes. we'll carry it live once it begins. coming up next, president biden makes an ambitious pledge to cut greenhouse emissions in half by the year 2030. as you can imagine, republicans are already pushing back. , repu are already pushing back our past for power, we can harness the energy of the tiny electron. we can create new ways to connect. rethinking how we communicate to be more inclusive than ever. with app, cloud and anywhere workspace solutions, vmware helps companies navigate change. faster.
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we've got some breaking news out of washington this hour. the senate overwhelmingly passed the covid hate crimes act which establishes a legal process for law enforcement to investigate anti-asian hate crimes. it also creates a position at the doj to investigate that data. the bill passed 94-1. republican senator josh hawley was the only senator to vote against it. we'll have much more on this vote coming up. and today president biden pledged to cut u.s. carbon emissions in half by 2030 to kick off possibly the most important zoom meeting ever. >> the united states sets out on the road to cut greenhouse gases in half -- in half -- by the end of this decade.
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that's where we're headed as a nation. and that's what we can do if we take action to build an economy that's not only more prosperous but healthier, fairer and cleaner for the entire planet. >> 40 world leaders gathered for the first of its kind on climate change hosted by the u.s. they hope by its commitment, which is better than the goals set by president obama, will push other countries to set higher standards as well. that push is urgent. this week the u.n. warned that if dramatic action is not taken by this year, the world will head into, quote, the abyss. their words, not mine. president biden faces any challenge to get things done, just as he did with president obama. republicans are not on board. on podcast, bill nye the science
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guy, and atmospheic scientist michael mcmann. michael, when you watched today and you heard about these new ambitious goals that were set by president biden, and you saw places like canada and japan making more aggressive moves with their own commitments, what did you think? >> this is what we've all been waiting for. we knew that renewed leadership on the part of the united states was going to be essential if we were going to see the sort of concerted global effort that needed to tackle the climate crisis. so i think biden has come in and surprised even a lot of the critics who didn't think that he was serious enough about the climate crisis. he's come forward with the boldest array of executive actions in history to try to get us on the right course. and here he sort of laid down the gauntlet. this is a very bold proposal, bringing carbon emissions down by a factor of two within the next decade.
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it's what's needed. we have to do that globally, on a global basis, if we're ever going to have catastrophic warming. but it's doable. by putting that on the table, i think it will bring the more transigent places like australia, it will have more effects than it has so far. >> you would think the wildfires that burned so hot in australia or the wildfires in california or the stronger hurricanes or the more tornadoes or the more extreme weather, that would be enough to convince people to take it seriously. but a lot of people just still see those events as one-time events, they don't see it as part of the bigger problem. bill, you are so good at messaging. you've spent your entire career messaging about science. when we're talking about climate change, what is the message that will work with people to get them behind this force those who
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are still intransigent, republicans in congress, to act and do something big and bold? >> you're asking me to pick a number, the $10 trillion question. i have been trying for 30 years to get people on board, and while everybody was enjoying the climate summit, i was listening to the reform committee hearing, and congressman roe conner got greta thunberg to testify, an attorney for first nations group on the border of minnesota and ontario. these people are expressing the problem in two ways. first of all, everybody is in this together, but the fossil fuel industry has been overrunning the most vulnerable people. and so this is what gets into the social justice aspect of the green new deal that just seems to trouble people on the conservative side very much.
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they somehow don't want that to be included in this, but the hearing was about working the problem from both ends. and by that i mean the climate summit is great. we're going to cut our emissions 50%. but along with that are these regulations that enable the fossil fuel industry to do extraordinary accounting practices, and there was a testimony from a guy from rutgers that 96% of the subsidies, which have been in place for a century or what have you, go not to their sort of original intent, which was to make sure that we have energy security, we're always able to get fossil fuels out of the ground, and so on, but instead go to profit. this was a study that was done. and people just get their hackles up. what we need to do, mike mcmann, katy tur, we need to find a way to listen to the other side.
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and i don't just mean to be accommodating, but what is it about the facts that you don't like? i mean, the subsidies of the fossil fuel industries are well documented. there are two ways to go. you run it through congress while you can with 51 senators or you get people on board. this is where greta thunberg is saying, look, you guys, i'm going to have to live with this. my generation has to live with this, and she used the phrase uncomfortable truth. this goes back to 21 years ago with the inconvenient truth. it's a long row to hoe, but as everybody in the science community says, the time is now. come on. and the arguments at the climate summit were that the developing world is where the real opportunities are. if we can get the developing world to embrace renewable energy now and skip the fossil fuel step, then the whole world
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will come out ahead and we can do that relatively cheaply. meanwhile the conservatives are saying the oil industry gave us plastics and clothes and medicines. yes, that's great. can't do it anymore. we can't burn fossil fuels anymore. over to you. sorry. thanks for listening. >> it is very interesting, the fossil fuels. what difference would that make? >> it's going to be a critical part of any successful effort to tackle the crisis. those of us in the industrial world who have had access to two centuries' worth of cheap but dirty energy that has polluted the planet and put us in this predicament, we need to take real leadership. if we're going to ask them to leapfrog past this stage of fossil fuel burning, and it's win-win if we can get them to do
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that. we need to provide them resources, infrastructure so they can skip the fossil fuel age. they can go straight into building a resilient, renewable energy-driven power infrastructure, electricity infrastructure. but we need to provide them resources, and we need to take leadership. the good news is that that is what's happening once again with the biden administration. four years of lost time under donald trump. we've got lost ground we have to make up, but we're now seeing the sort of bold leadership and effort to help the developing world come along in this transition with us in a way that will allow them to grow their economies and won't destroy the planet. >> go ahead, bill. go ahead. >> the planet is going to be here no matter what we do. the planet is not going anywhere. we want to preserve the environment and develop
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renewable electricity sources for us, for us humans. the other side is cherry-picking data and all this what aboutism if we do this. we learn together. if you learned nothing from the pandemic, we're all in this together. >> absolutely. the planet will be here, we might not be here. gentlemen, thank you so much for joining us today. we're going to go right back into daunte wright's funeral. reverend al sharpton is now giving the eulogy. >> and to those who have sat in that seat, families that are here that have sat in that seat know better than any of us how they feel. i don't care how much settlement they may be given, you can never fill the hole in their heart
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that was caused for no reason. and that is why they're here. give those mothers, fathers and uncles of victims that come to their big hand. in the tradition of the black church, we take the text and a subject, and i didn't want to disrespect bishop, so i went to the book of isaiah, the day they tell me this is grandma's birthday. i'm a little older than her, so i have to wear my reading glasses. the book of isaiah 59th chapter, 8th and 9th verse says the way of peace they know not, and there is no judgment in their
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goings. therefore, it's judgment far from us. let justice overtake us. i want to leave as a subject, no justice, no peace. 1986 in a section of brooklyn called howard beach. a young man named michael griffith was killed because they said that they didn't allow blacks in the neighborhood. some of us went out and marched, and during the march, one brother yelled -- i believe his name was omar wiley -- no justice, no peace. and it became the chant of our movement. some of us have made it popular but it started there.
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but it really started in the bible. because isaiah said that those that practiced injustice cannot practice peace. the absence of justice is the absence of peace. and when we say that, we're not talking about violence, because there is a confusion in this country between peace and quiet. some of us are told to shut up and just be quiet. and you call that peace, but peace is the presence of justice. you can't tell us to shut up and
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suffer. we must speak up when there is an injustice. i remember, as i was riding here and i saw someone, and as i got out of the car to meet the family to ride to the church, i heard a man say, i've not seen a funeral procession like this since prince in minneapolis. i said, well, we came to bury the prince of brooklyn center. [ applause ] >> we come from all over the country because you hurt one of our princes. that's why we're in this temple with purple all over, because it represents royalty. you thought he was just some kid
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with air freshener. he was a prince, and all of minneapolis is here today to honor the prince of brooklyn center. if you knew who we were, if you understood that we were divine decisions that god made, if you understood that his mother and father broke the racial barrier lines and raised him in an interracial home that used to be against the law, but they defied the color barriers, a black man
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and a white woman, and raised children to not hate nobody, and he was a prince of that raising, if you knew who he was, you have been caught with mistaken identity. you keep thinking that we're somebody we're not. they tell our young folks to go to the streets and march. when marching and protesting is a way of correcting the injustice isaiah talked about. you can't go to church on sunday and read this book that we call the bible and not fight against oppression. god is not on the side of the oppressive, god is on the side
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of the oppressed. for every pharaoh, there was a moses. forever -- for every harrod, there was a jesus. we take the command of god and when you opress us, we must stand up. in the trial of derek chauvin, and the jury was about to give the verdict, and the reason we got the jury we got and the verdict we got is god used a young brother born and raised in
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ezamusdom but believing in the same god, it don't matter how you approach god, and elected him even after you tried to scandalize him, the attorney general of the state of minnesota. god doesn't use folk without letting you test him. everybody that god calls, he lets you baptize them in fire. they indicted martin luther king and only got him ready for what he did. every time you're under attack, you're getting ready, because god wouldn't test you if he wasn't going to graduate you.
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and he was being tested and elected so that he was prepared to take the attacks when he stood up for george floyd. and is able, for the first time in the history of the state of minnesota to convict a white policeman for killing a black man, two murder convictions and one manslaughter conviction. god has turned the page in the state of minnesota and we are never going back no more. yes, some of us have different tactics. but all of us have the same goal, talk about some of y'all civil rights, some of y'all are street activists.
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we all street activists. we all civil rights. some of us young, some of us old. but we all the same -- they don't discriminate us because of age. that's why when i talked to brother aubrey and told him that we would be there for him whatever he needs because we see this young man as royalty. when ben crump called me the other night and told me that they were winding the trial down, you better come in, i had certain obligations and i had to fulfill them in new york and couldn't get to here where i wanted. i called one of my wealthy black friends, he said i'll send you my plane. some got on twitter and why i'm on a private plane. because i'm that kind of guy.
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when george floyd was killed, tyler perry sent his private plane to bring the floyd family to minneapolis. robert smith sent a plane to bring me into minneapolis. we ain't in the back of the bus no more. i would have taken an apollo rocket if it was available. every crisis must be answered, though, with real change. yesterday the attorney general, garland, announced a study of
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the practices, the practices in minnesota. and that is going to lead the way it goes, but now we are fighting for a federal law. why federal law? because if we keep having to fight state by state we'll never solve this. the generation before me, they boycotted in montgomery against the segregation laws in alabama. and they boycotted the bus company, 1955. they started december 1st. and for a solid year they wouldn't ride the bus. they said it was better to walk in dignity than to ride in shame. and they broke the backs of alabama's segregation. but dr. king and rosa parks said
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we can't stop there. we have to have federal law. they went their way. then some young students, the young folk of that day, they became freedom riders, others did other things. it took nine years and they got the civil rights act federally that made it against federal law, congresswoman omar, to discriminate. well, we've gone from all of these abuses, from oscar grant and to philando castillo right here in the minneapolis area. we struggled through all of that, but we're now going to, in his name, in the name of daunte, we're going to pass the george floyd justice and policing act as federal law. we are going to make it against
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the law all over this country to keep bringing us to funerals for our young princes. this is not a republican or democratic thing. isaiah said it's about justice. if you believe in justice it's time for the federal government to reflect the will of the people. you couldn't have a better picture than to have two people that crossed the color line and raise children to be somebody. to stand up and embrace them. you couldn't have had a better example in the floyd family that wiped tears from their eyes and stood up with dignity, even as they watched them smear their brother, their uncle, their
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father. we've always had to take the smearing, keith ellison. behind every dark night the sun will shine. i was talking to one of the relatives and i said, well, why -- what are they trying to justify? they said -- one said they saw some air fresheners in the back of his car. well, air fresheners is to keep the bad odors out. well, we come together as the air fresheners for minnesota. we trying to get the stench of police brutality out of the atmosphere. we're trying to get the stench of racism out of the atmosphere. we're trying to get the stench of racial profiling out of the atmosphere. we come to minnesota as air
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fresheners because your air is too odorous for us to breathe. we can't breathe in your stinking air no more. i know we got to get to the cemetery, but let me tell you this, the time has come for america to stand up and bring a new day to where we don't have to explain our children what to do when the police stop you. it's time to bring a new day where we don't have to videotape when we see a badge, or where we know they're there to serve and protect not treat us like we've been convicted. the time has come for police to understand they're not above the law, they're to enforce the law. and if you can't live up to the badge, don't take the oath and put it on.
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when we put that badge on you, we expect you to act like somebody that is civilized and respectful. some say, reverend al, police are human. we knew that, otherwise we wouldn't have sent you through training. we assume when you come through that you were trained. trained people don't confuse guns from tasers. trained people don't shoot men like philando with a child in the back seat. trained people don't put knees on peoples necks for nine minutes and 29 seconds. trains people don't shoot 41 times at diallo. trained people don't shoot at a
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young 12-year-old boy named tamir rice. you broke your training and we're sending you to the corner. your getting your punishment at the corner of the newest jail we can find. so as we celebrate this young man's life, 20 years old, not even reaching his mid 20s. his mother and father heartbroken. his siblings, heartbroken, but they will be comforted knowing that because of this sacrifice that it's going to change the laws of the land. children unborn is going to know his name. governors here, congress people here, senators here for you,
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daunte, because you're the prince that made us all come together. they stopped traffic today all the way through minneapolis, folk couldn't drive nowhere because they had to say hail to the prince. they shouldn't have done what they done. we going to stop minneapolis today because a prince is on his way to his rest. and as you rest, there's a resting place. there's a martyr's bench, take your seat, daunte. tell george floyd who you are. take your seat, daunte, shake hands with philando castillo. take your seat -- take your seat next to oscar grant because there's a special place in heaven for those that shed innocent blood because god will use you to straighten


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