Duante Wright’s funeral was Thursday in Minneapolis at Shiloh Temple International Ministries. In attendance were family members, politicians, and civil rights leaders. On the afternoon of April 11, Wright had been fatally wounded as he attempted to flee after resisting arrest for a previous warrant.
Hundreds of people from political figures to relatives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Philando Castile, were at the funeral, as were relatives of Emmet Till, the fourteen year-old who had been murdered in 1955 for having the audacity of talking to a white woman.
Benjamin Crump, the Wright family attorney.
“It is the right thing to do, to stand up for our children. It is the right thing to do to speak up for our children. It is the right thing to do to fight for our children, because if we don’t fight for our children, we can’t expect anybody else to fight for children like us. And we have to fight for our children until hell freezes over…”
…You can’t tell us to shut up and suffer,” he said. “We must speak up when there is an injustice…”
…You thought he was just some kid with an air freshener. He was a prince and all of Minneapolis has stopped today to honor the prince of Brooklyn Center…”
Senator Amy Klobuchar.
…Racism in this country is not isolated. It is systemic. So when we ask why Duante Jr. has to grow up without a dad, when we think about what could possibly fill this hole Duante left in the world, we come up empty…”
“I never imagined I would be standing here,” mother Katie Wright said. “The roles should be completely reversed. My son should be burying me.”
The George Floyd Justice In Policing Act of 2021, HR-1280, a bill to hold law enforcement accountable for brutality and misconduct, passed through the House of Representatives on March 03. The bill has yet to pass through the Senate.