The last week saw the US in turmoil. Another death of a black man in police custody that would have been ignored if not for public outcry showed how horrifically habitual these incidents are. This case has brought the community together in the need for action.
Music stars and sports legends raised their voices on social media, addressing politicians, population and fellow artists.
Eminem shared his visceral anti-racist call of “Untouchable” urging people to speak up:
A similar message was sent by Russ, who also raised over $200,000 for Black Lives Matter:
Can we raise a million off of one shirt for Black Lives Matter??? pic.twitter.com/deK7tM8jnC
— RUSS (@russdiemon) June 1, 2020
Jay-Z, who just recently was demanding government officials in Georgia seek justice for Ahmad Arbery’s death, called Minnesota Governor Tim Walz on Saturday (May 30), not as a “performer” but as a “dad” demanding justice for George Floyd:
During a press conference, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz told the media that JAY-Z called him to demand justice for #GeorgeFloyd
"I received a call last night from JAY-Z, not international performer but dad stressing to me that justice needs to be served"pic.twitter.com/itgRq2um0n
— JAY-Z Daily (@JAY_Z_Daily) May 31, 2020
Since then Hov released a statement through RocNation social media:
I prevail on every politician, prosecutor and officer in the country to have the courage to do what is right, have the courage to look at us as humans, dads, brothers, sisters and mothers in pain and look at yourselves.
— Roc Nation (@RocNation) June 1, 2020
Beyoncé shared her pain in the Instagram video:
We need justice for George Floyd. We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight.
We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalise this pain. I’m not only speaking to people of colour. If you’re white, black, brown or anything in between, I’m sure you feel hopeless by the racism going on in America right now.
No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of colour as less than human. We can no longer look away. George is all of our family and humanity. He is our family because he is a fellow American. There have been too many times that we’ve seen these violent killings and no consequences. Yes, someone’s been charged, but justice is far from being achieved.
Dr. Dre in the interview with Lil Wayne said something that resonated with millions:
My heart is still aching. And it felt like that cop had his knee on all of our necks, meaning black men. And yeah, it’s extremely painful. It’s extremely painful because it keeps going on. It continues to go on and it’s like, what can we do? What do we need to do to make this thing stop? What is supposed to happen to make this thing stop?
Ice Cube was feeling the same way:
How long will we go for Blue on Black Crime before we strike back??? https://t.co/sXDq7SXl6W
— Ice Cube (@icecube) May 26, 2020
Rihanna put the feeling into words:
Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart.
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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
This terrifying event hit the community right in the heart:
The pact of protection of the violating beyond his job offender by any means necessary above the law is what draws the ire . https://t.co/xWhgnHstjg
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) May 29, 2020
B.M.I.A !! Black Man In America !
Get Da Strap !!! NAAGA !!! pic.twitter.com/wb9vH5heE5
— Redman (@therealredman) May 29, 2020
We might fight amongst each other but I promise you this we burn this bitch down u get us pissed pic.twitter.com/3cgcYHbmrN
— BENNY THE BUTCHER (@BennyBsf) May 31, 2020
50 Cent shared the video that summarises pain and anger that devastates the community generation after a generation
this riot/protest situation is the same as a child being bullied at school. you are silent while they are being mistreated but upset when they finally snap back. had u spoke up while they were being mistreated they wouldn’t have had to snap back. silence equals complicity.
— nope (@LilNasX) May 31, 2020
Ice T not just shows his support on social media, he joined the actual protest. And he understands what is behind it:
If you ask me.. All I want is JUSTICE. Some fair treatment and some Respect for people.. Is that possible??? Right now, people are enraged. We’ll see how this plays out.. But you were warned, many times.. 👊🏽
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) May 31, 2020
J Cole is another rapper who took on the streets:
— Richmond . (@HereCumMimi) May 30, 2020
Cardi B posted a video noting that endless trending hashtags and peaceful protests against police brutality have not transformed the situation, She also feels that it is some for drastic change and urges her followers to use political tools available for them and vote:
We can vote for mayors, we can vote for judges and we can also vote for DAs – district attorney. The people that are voting for these people are most likely cops, most likely rednecks, that’s why every time that some fucked shit like this happens, it goes in their favour.
— iamcardib (@iamcardib) May 29, 2020
He message echoed that of Killer Mike, whose emotional speech at the mayor’s press-conference called protesters to channel their anger into reshaping political power:
That it is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with an enemy. It is your duty to fortify your own house, so that you may be a house of refuge in times of organization. And now is the time to plot, plan, strategize, organize, and mobilize.
It is time to beat up prosecutors you don’t like at the voting booth. It is time to hold mayoral offices accountable, chiefs and deputy chiefs.
And finally, athletes did not stay silent.
Michael Jordan, who is usually distancing from any political discussion, shared the statement:
I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry. I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.
I don’t have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others. We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality. We need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability. Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systemic change. Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all.
Statement from Michael Jordan: pic.twitter.com/lWkZOf1Tmr
— Jordan (@Jumpman23) May 31, 2020
LeBron James is shaken by recent events and his position is apparent. To express his feeling he used lyrics from “Hate Me Now” by Nas
“They Fear what they don’t understand/Hate what they can’t conquer/Guess that’s just the theory of man/became a MONSTER”- Words from one of the greatest writers/authors @Nas 🙏🏾✊🏾💪🏾👑
— LeBron James (@KingJames) May 31, 2020
When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.
The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.
We have the right to fight back!
Rest in Power George Floyd
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) May 28, 2020