The 6-year-old daughter of George Floyd has gone viral with a video posted to Instagram and a message for the world.
On June 2, Stephen Jackson, who played 14 seasons in the NBA, posted a video to his Instagram that featured Gianna Floyd, the 6-year-old daughter of George Floyd, who was killed by former police officer Derek Chauvin last week.
In the video, Gianna was placed Jackson’s shoulders as they stood outside on the street near a stoplight. Gianna was sporting long dual braids with her hair parted in the center and a big smile. She wore a white shirt with puffed shoulder-cap sleeves and light blue jeans. Jackson was wearing a dark green hat with the words “Faith” centered in all caps and yellow lettering. He was holding both of Gianna’s hands to help steady her on his shoulders.
“Daddy changed the world,” Gianna said as she smiled brightly.
“That’s right, daddy changed the world,” Jackson added after Gianna spoke.
Jackson captioned the video to emphasize that Floyd did change the world. He included several crying emoji and several hashtags calling for justice for Floyd’s death. Jackson showed love to his fans, calling out to those who care for and love all people. He ended his caption with the fist emoji in several skin tones.
According to CBS, Jackson promised to be a father figure to Gianna, in the wake of her father’s death. In a conversation with Victoria Albert, Jackson said there is “a lot of stuff” that her father is going to miss, but he will be there for all of it. He mentioned eventually walking Gianna down the aisle at her wedding, be a support to her as she grieves her loss, and he vows to continue to demand justice for Floyd’s death.
The video was a massive hit with Jackson’s fans. It’s been played over 1.6 million times and has had close to 10,000 comments and over 470,000 likes.
“Much respect to you for being your brothers keeper! And standing up for what is actually right! Stay safe and know God is on your side!” one fan wrote in response to Jackson’s vow to care for Floyd’s daughter. The comment included several prayer emoji and fist emoji of varying skin tones.
“Aww I love her and I love you for being there,” a second comment read.
“That’s actually really sad. At least she knows her pop lit the whole world up going out,” another user wrote.
“Damn bro, that’s makes me smile and cry at the same time,” said a fourth fan.
As previously reported, all four officers who were present during the murder of Floyd have been arrested and charged concerning his death.