Following the tragic death of George Floyd, celebrities are using their platforms to speak out about racism #BlackLivesMatter. 

 

 

Billie Eilish

“BLACK LIVES MATTER.  SAY IT AGAIN.”

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#justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter

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Shawn Mendes

“This can NOT be the world our children of the future live in.  The time for change is long overdue and we can’t rest until change is what we get.”

 

 

Zayn Malik

“This uprising has escalated due to the racism, ignorance, and arrogance that burdens America and the world.”

 

 

Harry Styles

“Being not racist is not enough, we must be anti racist.”

 

 

Halsey

“This is happening everywhere.  And innocent people exercising their rights to speech and assembly are facing violence and abuse of power.”

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It’s become very clear to me that some of you need to see what I’ve seen. Please swipe through this. These pictures and videos don’t even scratch the surface. It’s easy from the comfort of your home to watch looting and rioting on television and condone the violent measures being taken by forces. But what you don’t see is innocent peaceful protestors being shot at and tear gassed and physically assaulted relentlessly. You think it’s not happening, it’s only the “thugs” and the “riots”, right? The police are keeping you safe right? You’re wrong. This is happening everywhere. And innocent people exercising their rights to speech and assembly are facing violence and abuse of power. With all of our medical professionals being CONSUMED and EXHAUSTED with Covid, there is little to no medical attention available. I have first hand treated men women and children who have been shot in the chest, the face, the back. Some will lose vision some have lost fingers. I have been covered in innocent blood. My father is a black man. My mother is an EMT. This week I had to put those two associations together in ways that have horrified me. This is NOT a virtue signaling post. But I HAVE to show you what I am witnessing with my own eyes. With Trump’s decision today to enforce the mobilization of armed forces on our own citizens, this has escalated beyond your privilege and comfort to not care. Please care. We are begging you to care. This is war on Americans. This is everyone’s problem. Everyone’s. #BLACKLIVESMATTER

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Demi Lovato

“Do not let your discomfort surrounding social issues prevent you from speaking up for those IN DANGER.”

 

 

Adele

“It’s important we don’t get disheartened, hijacked or manipulated right now. This is about systematic racism, this is about police violence and it’s about inequality.”

 

 

Camila Cabello

“We need a change, we can’t afford to be silent, and we can’t afford a society that’s indifferent to others pain.”

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I’ve been trying to find the right words to say after I saw the  video where George Floyd’s life is being taken from him with impunity… I am so sorry to George Floyd’s family and Ahmaud Arbery’s family, And Breonna Taylor’s family and to the countless other black families that have their children and parents being taken away from them. I stand with you in outrage and I have called Minnesota Governor Walz, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison , and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, their numbers and what to say is on the ACLU website, and I urge you to please call, please sign the petitions, and let’s stand together for justice. We need a change, we can’t afford to be silent, and we can’t afford a society that’s indifferent to others pain. #BlackLivesMatter #WeCantBreathe

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Nick Jonas

“The time to take action is NOW. It’s no longer enough to say “I’m not racist”. We must all do the work to be ANTI racist and stand with the black community.”

 

 

Kevin Jonas

“We understand that we will never understand, however we will stand.”

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We understand that we will never understand, however we will stand. As a parent, you spend each and every day worrying about the welfare of your children, doing your best to prepare them for the world. It completely breaks our hearts to think of the fears that parents in the black community have to face, and the difficult conversations they must have with their children. No matter who you are or where you come from, we must take action to stop racism. It’s time for systemic change and that change needs to happen NOW. We have donated to the @naacp_ldf and @eji_org and we will continue to stand in this fight until something changes! If you are able we hope you can contribute to the cause as well. Love, Kevin and Danielle Jonas

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Lizzo

“I believe in us. Change is gonna come.”

 

 

Khalid

“Black women and men you are beautiful. Black Voices Matter, Black Philanthropists Matter, Black Teachers Matter, Black Artists Matter, Black Social Workers Matter. BLACK LIVES MATTER.  Today, yesterday, tomorrow, and forever.”

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From the discrimination we face on a daily basis, fearing for our lives not only outside but inside of our own homes, to the racism projected onto us from white TEACHERS & leaders. Growing up, at my school we had to fight for black education. Why is that? Why do we excuse racist remarks from our white peers as banter, and joking around. Why do we feel unsafe around the people who are supposed to protect us? The uncomfortable feeling of seeing flashing lights in our rear-view mirrors. It’s anxiety inducing. The names of black citizens who have been MURDERED by the people who are supposed to serve besides us seems endless. It’s been years of fighting, years of praying and years of protesting and still it seems like nothing has changed. We currently have a president who is running our country into the GROUND and could care less. We SUFFER, but it’s time for that narrative to change. To be black in America. Where they love your music/culture but are afraid to walk on the same sidewalk as you. Black women and men you are beautiful. Black Voices Matter, Black Philanthropists Matter, Black Teachers Matter, Black Artists Matter, Black Social Workers Matter. BLACK LIVES MATTER. today, yesterday, tomorrow, and forever.

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Dua Lipa

“This is when we say STOP, we will not tolerate any more generations of black Americans and people of color growing up in fear of those who should protect them.”

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RIP George Floyd How many more lives do we have to lose? Surely this has to be the tipping point when we ALL face up to the police brutality that has been captured on video for everyone to see. Surely this is when we say STOP, we will not tolerate any more generations of black Americans and people of color growing up in fear of those who should protect them. When an unarmed and handcuffed man is murdered by the police in broad daylight while begging for his life, those in authority need to know that our outrage knows no bounds. We demand justice. There are many ways to make your voice heard. Sign the petition, get on the phone, talk to your family, friends and kids. If you are a business owner, make a public statement of support to your black clients, friends and co-workers. We can be the change. We have to start the conversation in our own circles. This is sickening. It’s got to stop. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #GeorgeFloyd #blacklivesmatter

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Dua Lipa

I will speak up for you to the very best of my ability and I will always love you.”

 

 

Selena Gomez

“Too many black lives have been taken from us for far too long. They deserve better. They deserve to be heard. We all need to do better and not sit in silence as this injustice continues.”

 

 

Post Malone

“I stand with everyone taking a stand.  I stand on the side of love.  The officers involved must be held accountable for what they did.  They can’t continue to go on.”

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Justin Timberlake

“Those of us who call ourselves allies need to do everything in our power to stand with the black community right NOW.  BLACK men and women are regularly being murdered unjustly by police.  We have to take action, we have to make noise.”

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Those of us who call ourselves allies need to do everything in our power to stand with the black community right NOW. BLACK men and women are regularly being murdered unjustly by police. We have seen it. Over and over again. This has gone on in America for too long, and it’s NEVER been okay. We have to take action, we have to make noise.? ? For seven whole minutes, #GeorgeFloyd pleaded for his life, while Derek Chauvin, one of Minneapolis cops involved, kneeled on his neck and ignored those pleas for help.? ? Allies… this is the time for us all to take a hard look in the mirror, share responsibility and ask our family and friends what can we do to educate our own communities. ? ? I stand with @ColorOfChange and countless others across the country to raise my voice alongside you, and demand that all FOUR officers involved are arrested and charged with murder now. Text FLOYD to 55156. Sign the petition. Don’t stop.

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Rihanna

“Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart! To the point of staying away from socials, just to avoid hearing the blood curdling agony in George Floyd’s voice again, begging over and over for his life!”

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For the last few days, the magnitude of devastation, anger, sadness I’ve felt has been overwhelming to say the least! Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart! To the point of staying away from socials, just to avoid hearing the blood curdling agony in George Floyd’s voice again, begging over and over for his life!!! The look of enticement, the pure joy and climax on the face of this bigot, murderer, thug, pig, bum, Derek Chauvin, haunts me!! I can’t shake this! I can’t get over an ambulance pulling up to an arrest, a paramedic checking a pulse without removing the very thing that’s hindering it! Is this that fucking normal??? If intentional MURDER is the fit consequence for “drugs” or “resisting arrest”….then what’s the fit consequence for MURDER???! #GeorgeFloyd #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor

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Lady Gaga

“This is an epic tragedy that defines our country and has for a long time.  I am sad.  I am angry.  And I will use the words that I can find to try to communicate what needs to change in as an effective and non-violent way as possible for me.”

 

 

Marshmello

“The systematic racism and injustices that the black community face on a daily basis is something that no white person can relate to or begin to understand.  Racism should never be tolerated and it’s up to our generation to be the change.”

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Lil Nas X

“We don’t need to slow it down by posting nothing.  We need to spread info and be as loud as ever.”

 

Gigi Hadid

“But even when we feel like what we do isn’t enough or can’t help, we have to do more.”

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Enraged. Sickened. Heartbroken. But never surprised. This happens way too often – and the videos that go viral are not isolated events. It seems that only when caught on camera are bigots & MURDERERS even getting “investigated” or fired .. unfortunately, the only way things will start changing is if all these racist, ignorant, monsters (badge &/or not) have to face the consequences- behind bars. && it’s not only an issue with black men being killed by cops … it’s an issue every time we see them being treated, in even non-violent situations, VERY CLEARLY differently than many very-high-risk incidents involving white men; it’s an issue that the President is making dangerous public statements about enforcing the shooting of protesters -rightfully angered by another UNNEEDED KILLING of another black person & DEMANDING JUSTICE WHERE IT IS 100% NEEDED- while exactly 28 days earlier, he tweeted about white protesters, who stood ARMED WITH GUNS protesting a WORLDWIDE HEALTH PANDEMIC as “very good people” urging the Governor to “See them, talk to them, make a deal.” ?????????? This is, too, an issue about the “Karen’s” we see filmed weekly- using someone’s race, as a point to try and push their agenda, while calling the police in situations where their lives are clearly not actually in danger at all….. they’re just plain f***ing racist. EVERY. TIME. feels more disheartening and nauseating because our cries for the Government and Americans to do better seem unheard; but even when we feel like what we do isn’t enough or can’t help, we have to do more. Keep signing petitions, making calls to demand justice, speaking out (this is not just if you have a big platform- it starts in your homes and communities), and fighting to make a difference for every life that has been wrongly taken or effected by THE PANDEMIC OF RACISM. THIS IS ABOUT BEING AGAINST EVERY SENSELESS ACT OF DISCRIMINATION THAT BURDENS THIS COUNTRY.

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Ryan Reynolds

“We’re committed to raising our kids so they never grow up feeding this insane pattern and so they’ll do their best to never inflict pain on another being consciously or unconsciously.”

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Ellen DeGeneres

“I support the protestors who are exercising their rights and standing up against the horrible injustices that Black people in America face everyday.”

 

 

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Cole Sprouse

“This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing.”

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A group of peaceful protesters, myself included, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica. So before the voracious horde of media sensationalism decides to somehow turn it about me, there’s a clear need to speak about the circumstances: Black Lives Matter. Peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest. the media is by nature only going to show the most sensational, which only proves a long standing racist agenda. I was detained when standing in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguard within Santa Monica. We were given the option to leave, and were informed that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested. When many did turn to leave, we found another line of police officers blocking our route, at which point, they started zip tying us. It needs to be stated that as a straight white man, and a public figure, the institutional consequences of my detainment are nothing in comparison to others within the movement. This is ABSOLUTELY not a narrative about me, and I hope the media doesn’t make it such. This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing. This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally. I hope others in my position do as well. I noticed that there are cameras that roll within the police cruisers during the entirety of our detainment, hope it helps. I’ll speak no more on the subject, as I’m (1) not well versed enough to do so, (2) not the subject of the movement, and (3) uninterested in drawing attention away from the leaders of the #BLM movement. I will be, again, posting the link in my story to a comprehensive document for donations and support.

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Barack Obama

“It’s going to be up to a new generation of activists to shape strategies that best fit the times.”

 

Michelle Obama

“It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets.”

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Like so many of you, I’m pained by these recent tragedies. And I’m exhausted by a heartbreak that never seems to stop. Right now it’s George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on. Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with. But if we ever hope to move past it, it can’t just be on people of color to deal with it. It’s up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out. It starts with self-examination and listening to those whose lives are different from our own. It ends with justice, compassion, and empathy that manifests in our lives and on our streets. I pray we all have the strength for that journey, just as I pray for the souls and the families of those who were taken from us. Artwork: @nikkolas_smith

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Beyoncé

 

 

From Ryan Reynolds to Halsey, Justin Timberlake and more, celebrities are encouraging their followers to donate and list the ways on how you can help & educate yourself! #BlackLivesMatter

 

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as many of you know George Floyd was a black man murdered by a police officer. He was unarmed and initially restrained for a nonviolent crime. Say his name. Share this information. If you have friends and family who are privileged enough to “stay away from this kind of news” then take that fucking privilege away. Uplift the voices of black members of your community voicing their fear or outrage or grief. Text “FLOYD” to 55156 and sign the petition seeking justice. The officers in question have been terminated and given paid leave. This is not sufficient punishment for murder. They need to be prosecuted. if you’re staying silent you’re contributing to the problem. I am updated on my Twitter if you are looking for more resources and information. The link for donations to black lives matter is in my bio. #blacklivesmatter

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My heart breaks for you and for the injustices you’ve suffered for so many generations. What you have lived through day after day, the rest of the world has either upheld or wilfully ignored or sleepwalked through. But now no one can say they didn’t know. I’m sorry it’s taken the world this long to wake up to your suffering. It’s been painful to see my friends hurting and I’m committed to being part of the solution for however long it takes. I will never know what it’s like to be discriminated against for the colour of my skin but I know that I can and will stand up to injustice and seek equality and fight alongside you. It’s going to take a huge collective effort to make the world we want to see. Here are the charities that I’m supporting. If you have the means to donate to these organisations, please do and if you can’t, please share them on your stories and with your friends + family. – BLACK LIVES MATTER NY – Minnesota Freedom Fund – Reclaim the block – The Bail Project I’ve also put up a google doc link on my story where you can donate to protesters bail by city. The attorney phone numbers and email addresses are there too. I hear you, I see you, I stand with you, I love you and I will support you until you are heard, seen and treated the way EVERY HUMAN BEING should be treated. I stand in solidarity with you, always x

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again, i ask my followers to please keep signing these petitions, making donations if u are able to, continue having conversations w family and friends about racism (overt and covert) and the senseless acts of murder that happen in this country far too often, please keep reading up, following accounts on here (i will recommend some!) to keep u updated and learning and sharing links and resources.. our black friends need us to show up and to be better and to be vocal. now more than ever. online. offline even more so. this is more than a post. we have to show up. there is work that needs to be done and it is absolutely on us to do it. #blacklivesmatter here are some accounts i’ve followed that have helped me understand more about my privilege and how to use it to help others. @privtoprog @rachel.cargle @thegreatunlearn @blklivesmatter please feel free to recommend some more as well in my comments.

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Because of the voices of the people, a principle this country was founded upon, now all four officers have been arrested for the racist and brutal murder of George Floyd. I hope that all cops who have engaged in or are engaging in any racist activity are met with the highest form of law & order, although we know the law & order in this country is predicated upon racism and is itself corrupt. We are once again witnessing the devastating and overwhelming evidence of police brutality and prejudicial responses from prosecutors and local officials. I also hope for the families of all Black lives who have been taken from us to see justice and healing though I believe many of us know we sadly cannot promise that. I applaud the brave citizens of this nation that are speaking up, and I support the unsupported voices of the Black community. I wish for their voices to be heard loudly and clearly, and that they feel loved and amplified by allies. I know you know how much I believe in kindness. The spirit of this movement is intrinsically rooted in a universal dream of kindness and it’s precisely that same kindness that I am wishing for those that are suffering tonight. I have endless compassion in my heart as we struggle as one nation to find bold and effective solutions to an insidious and systemic problem that’s plagued our country since its birth. Here are some of the important advocacy organizations I’m donating to in support of this continuous fight for racial and social justice. I encourage you to learn about the important work they do and how you can get involved. Black Lives Matter.

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