Eamon Whalen is a freelance journalist who has contributed writing to The Nation, The Fader and The Outline. He was a 2019 UC Berkeley 11th Hour Journalism Fellow and was born, raised and lives in Minneapolis.
In 2018, Frank Bibeau, a member of and attorney for the White Earth band of Anishinaabe — the largest of the six federally recognized Indigenous reservations that make up the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe — had an idea.
George Floyd moved to Minneapolis to seek a better life. In the last week, we’ve come to learn that the 46-year-old Texan was a gentle giant and beloved son, brother and father; a former star football and basketball player at Jack Yates High School in Houston, and a musician who played a key role in one of the great southern rap traditions.