Vanessa Bryant is using her voice to demand justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
The 46-year-old black man was killed while in police custody on Memorial Day after former police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
Vanessa Bryant shared a photo of her late husband, Kobe Bryant, wearing a shirt with the same words, which he donned in December of 2014 in support of Eric Garner, a black man who also died during an arrest.
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“My husband wore this shirt years ago and yet here we are again,” Vanessa Bryant captioned her post. “Life is so fragile. Life is so unpredictable. Life is too short. Let’s share and embrace the beautiful qualities and similarities we all share as people.”
She instructed people to “drive out hate” in the wake of Floyd’s death.
“Teach respect and love for all at home and school,” she continued. “Spread LOVE. Fight for change- register to VOTE. Do not use innocent lives lost as an excuse to loot. BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE. #BLACKLIVESMATTER”