“It was incredibly human,” Walz said of the conversation. “He was not an international Jay-Z celebrity, he was a father and, frankly, a black man with visceral pain that he knew.”
Following his call with Governor Walz, Jay-Z released a statement on the REFORM Alliance Twitter account.
“After our serious conversation, thanks to Governor Walz for doing the right thing and calling Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the George Floyd case. Earlier today, Governor Walz mentioned having a human conversation with me. A father and a black man. in pain. Yes, I am human, a father and a black man in pain and I am not the only one. Now, along with a whole country in pain, I call AG Ellison to do the right thing and prosecute all those responsible for the murder George Floyd’s full length. “
Jay-Z added: “This is only a first step. I am more determined to fight for justice than any fight my potential oppressors may have. I prefer that all politicians, prosecutors and offices in the country have the courage to do so. that’s right. Have the courage to look at us as humans, fathers, brothers, sisters and mothers in pain and look at yourselves. “