Gianna Floyd was gifted shares in Disney by the Broadway star, but it is but a band-aid on a much larger wound.
Six-year-old Gianna Floyd, the daughter of George Floyd, is now a shareholder in Disney. This was made possible by Broadway star Barbra Streisand, the BBC reports. The daughter shared the news via her Instagram profile. "Thank you Barbra Streisand for my package," she wrote. "I am now a Disney stockholder thanks to you." While this will never make up for what she has gone through at a terribly young age, it gives her a shot at a more secure future - something that the United States government should ensure. Streisand is the second celebrity to step up and come to her aid. Previously, Kanye West pledged to cover her college education.
Taking to Instagram, the young girl shared several photos of herself holding up a letter and certificate from Disney. The documents were proof of her share of holdings in Disney. Though it was not revealed just how many shares she was gifted in her name, it was a thoughtful gesture for a little girl who has lost so much. At present, shares in Disney are valued at an estimated $115. Prior to the ongoing public health crisis, the shares traded as high as $150. Hopefully, by the time she is old enough to understand how trading stock works, they will be worth much, much more. In addition to the certificate and letter, there was an image of Streisand's posters. This too was part of the gift.
Texas Southern University also joined in on the efforts to correct historic and systemic injustices by offering the six-year-old a full scholarship if she chooses to attend the school in the future. Kanye West participated as well. A few weeks ago, the rapper launched a college fund in Gianna's honor. However, his philanthropic efforts did not stop there. He also donated $2 million to charities associated with Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Floyd, all late Black victims of police brutality. Further to this, he announced financial assistance to cover the legal costs the Arbery and Taylor families would have had to incur.
While these gestures are incredibly gracious and will definitely help Gianna in the future, they are but a band-aid on a much larger wound. The issue of systemic racism which leaves hundreds of young children like her parentless and without equal access to opportunity needs to be addressed by the United States government at the state and federal levels. We cannot rely on celebrity subsidies to correct the historical ways that our Black communities have been disenfranchised. What do we do of all the Black kids whose fathers won't make it on national television? More importantly, why do we need to wait for a Black man's cruel death to be plastered all over our TV screens in order for the marginalization Black folks face to be valid? Police brutality is only one of the issues that affect communities of color. From education to health to employment, there is still more work to be done. It's time for our government to finally step up.