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Presenting: “His Name is George Floyd”

podcast August 10, 2022


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As a bonus for Into America listeners, Trymaine Lee previews a recent episode of “Why Is This Happening? The Chris Hayes Podcast.” The Washington Post’s Robert Samuels joined MSNBC’s Chris Hayes to take a very personal look at George Floyd, exploring who Floyd really was, long before his name became a hashtag. In the episode titled “His Name is George Floyd” (a reference to Samuels’ book of the same name), Samuels sheds light on Floyd’s ancestors, his early life in Houston, the systemic racism he faced, and how those he left behind are doing today.

In this bonus clip from the episode, Samuels shares the big dreams (think Supreme Court-level big) that Floyd had as only a second grader and the positive, loving spirit he steadfastly held onto throughout his life, despite the challenges he faced. He wanted to make a difference in the world, up until the very end. Listen to this preview now, and search for “Why Is This Happening? The Chris Hayes Podcast” to hear the full conversation.

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