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Gov. Tim Walz asks Minnesotans for 8 minutes 46 seconds of silence at 11 a.m. in honor of George Floyd

He has issued a proclamation asking for silence.

Gov. Tim Walz has issued a proclamation asking for Minnesotans to observe 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.

That is the same length of time that George Floyd was held to the ground with a Minneapolis police officer's knee to his neck during his arrest on May 25, leading to his death.

Walz is requesting the period of silence start at 11 a.m., the same time Floyd's final funeral service starts in Houston.

In his proclamation, Walz also references violence committed to indigenous and communities of color in Minnesota history, including the mass hanging of 38 Dakota men in Mankato in 1862, and the lynching of Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie, in Duluth in 1920.

Floyd's death has sparked worldwide protests and calls for change in the treatment of the nation's black community, and the systemic racism that perpetuates in the country's law enforcement and other institutions.

"The world watched in horror as George Floyd’s humanity was taken away from him,” reads Governor Walz’s proclamation. 

"We will not wake up one day and have the disease of systemic racism cured. We must do everything in our power to come together to deconstruct generations of systemic racism in our state so that every Minnesotan – Black, Indigenous, Brown, or White – can be safe and thrive."

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