'I Just Want to Live:' 12-Year-Old Boy's Song Following George Floyd's Death Goes Viral

May 30, 2020

“I just want to live.”

Those words have been at the forefront of several protests all around the United States following the tragic death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

Now, they’ve made their way into a 12-year-old gospel artist’s song as he shares his grief through music.

Keedron Bryant shared the heartfelt song about his reality of living as a young black man in America on Instagram.

"I'm a young black man, doin' all that I can to stand," Keedron belts out in a video.

"Oh, but when I look around and I see what's being done to my kind every day, I'm being hunted as prey,” he coos, adding, "my people don't want no trouble; we've had enough struggle. I just wanna live.”

Following the murder of another African American man at the hands of police, Keedron’s mom, Johnetta Bryant, felt compelled and inspired to pen the powerful song in "light of what's happnening."

"It's impossible to ignore what we as black people are up against, daily," she told "Good Morning America."

Johnetta’s song and Keedron’s delivery has gotten some positive praise on social media from famous celebrities. It's also gone viral with 1.4 million views and counting.

"I LOVE YOU KID! I LOVE US!" LeBron James captioned a repost of the video.

“Desperate Housewives” alum, Eva Longoria, wrote: "Please God protect him. And please, lead us out of these troubled waters.

Bryant previously appeared in the fourth season of NBC’s reality competition “Little Big Shots.”

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