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June 06, 2020

Inside Selma Blair and Son Arthur's Personal Memorial for George Floyd

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Actress Selma Blair shared the touching tribute she and her son paid to George Floyd in solidarity against racial injustice, and she elaborated on her hopes "for the now" and for "the future of our lives."

On June 4, the 47-year-old actress opened up about the way she and her 8-year-old son chose to pay tribute to George Floyd, who tragically died when a police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. 

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Sharing the experience with her fans on social media, Selma said that she and her son Arthur stood outside for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time the former Minneapolis police officer knelt on George's neck, and just thought about what his death meant to each of them.

Earlier that day, Selma and her son had talked about "race and fear," and when they got to the end of their tribute to George, Selma's son said that she probably "wouldn't live if that happened to [him]." 

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As possible as that might be, Selma said that she would stand up for others like George for the rest of her days and added:

"Would devote my life to nurturing a better future. That is what I want for the now and the future of our lives. Black lives."

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The tragic incident also pushed Selma into becoming more active in the fight against "systemic racism," and she is glad that the four police officers present at the time of the incident, got arrested. 

Derek Chauvin, who is the former Minneapolis police officer that knelt on George's neck, had since been charged with second-degree manslaughter and murder, while the other three officers present at the time of the incident, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, got charged with aiding and abetting a murder. 

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It's been an emotional time for Selma, as her mother, Molly Cooke, passed away late last month at the age of 82. Molly dedicated her life to being a judge, and the actress described her mom as "formidable, funny, quick, striking and generous" and added:

“She often gave the shirt off her back. Mother was a brilliant judge and one of the only women [sic] in her law school class.”

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Selma Blair had also been vocal about people's approach to the novel coronavirus pandemic, and in a video the actress posted in April, she urged her fans to "be the best they can be," as people try and navigate this difficult time.

Spreading words of encouragement, the 47-year-old added that kindness towards others can "help your days along" but it can also heal wounds, which in turn makes it easier to follow your happiness and joy.

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