Justice 4 Floyd

Brett Landry stood on the corner of 4th and Grand Ave. on Sunday to protest against racism. 

With protests across the world and in Oklahoma City, one man took to the corner of 4th and Grand Ave. in Chickasha to take a stand of his own on Sunday. 

Brett Landry, guitarist for Oklahoma City-based band Brett Landry and the Night Shifts, said he wanted to make a statement against the racism he’s observed in Chickasha.   

“There’s a lot of racism in this town,” Landry said. “I’m not out here for publicity or anything like that. I’m really out here because we live in a racist town. There’s a lot of problems with that.” 

Landry held a sign that said “Black Lives Matter” on one side and “Justice 4 Floyd” on the other. 

George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis Police Officer, Derek Chauvin, pinned Floyd to the pavement with a knee on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. 

Cell phone footage taken by a bystander shows Floyd pleading with the officer, telling him, “I can’t breathe.” Other bystanders attempted to intervene as Floyd appeared non-responsive. 

Minneapolis Police initially made contact with Floyd after it was alleged that he used a counterfeit $20 bill. Chauvin was arrested on May 29 on charges of third degree murder and manslaughter. 

A post on Chickasha’s OK News & Gossip Facebook page commended Landry’s one-man protest. 

Marissa Amos posted, “To the young white man on the corner of 4th and Grand in Chickasha, silently protesting on George Floyd and Black Lives Matter: I see you, I hear you, I appreciate you.” 

Landry said there were people in Chickasha who brought him water, bought him lunch and even gave him $20, which he tried to refuse. 

However, not everyone in Chickasha was receptive. 

“Just being out here I’ve heard ‘F-you’, ‘Get out of here,’ ‘put your sign down,’ ‘F-those N-words.’ I’ve heard a lot of racist stuff,” he said. 

In spite of this, Landry said he felt it was important to take a stance. 

“If no one’s going to stand up, I will.”

Landry later added that he felt a lack of love in the world is a core issue. 

“We were put on this earth to love,” he said. ”If we’re not doing that, we’re not doing our job.“ 

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