Halima Aden has attended peaceful protests in her home state of Minnesota following the death of George Floyd on 25 May after an officer knelt on his neck for a prolonged period while placing under arrest because of a fake $10 bill. Let that sink in.
Halima, who was the first hijabi model to compete in the Miss Minnesota contest, denounced, "I’m at a loss for words. I’m disgusted and disappointed. The mistreatment of African Americans in this country needs to be addressed. Enough is enough!" She continued, "I pray for the family and loved ones of George Floyd. Minnesota wake up! We have to keep demanding justice for our fellow human beings. Dear black boys, you have every right to a long, beautiful life and I pray we can keep you safe."
Pointing out that fighting for justice for George Floyd is our collective responsibility, she added, "Take this time out to notice your non-black friends' silence. Those same friends that love black music and culture, are nowhere to be found when it's time to address black issues."
The four police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest have been fired however pressure is mounting on District Attorney Mike Freeman to charge arresting officer Derek Chauvin and his colleagues with murder. George Floyd's final words, "Please, I can't breathe," have become the slogan of the fight to seek an end to institutionalised racism and see justice served.
Halima is not alone in her condemnation of George Floyd's death at the hands of the Police Department of the City of Minnesota. Award-winning crystal artist Sara Shakeel shared a image of George Floyd with a verse 5:32 from the Qu'ran. "If anyone kills a life, it would be as if he killed all mankind, and if anyone saves a life, it would be as if he saved the life of all mankind.”
Photos: Courtesy of The Modist and Instagram @sarashakeel