Race relations in America are at an all-time low, again. The recent killing of a black man named George Floyd at the hand of Minneapolis police, while he was being arrested, has sparked protests and outrage across the country. As expected, celebrities are expressing their outrage on social media police brutality on black people and other people of color. Here are the reactions of a few of them, including LeBron James, Beyoncé, Cardi B, and Kim Kardashian.
Celebrities react to George Floyd’s death!
The brutal manner of George Floyd’s death has left much of the United States in disarray. As a result, celebrities lined up in expressing their outrage over his brutal death. Here’s LeBron James Instagram post, where he shared the picture of Floyd’s final moments along with the famous bent knee of Colin Kaepernick:
Moreover, Cardi B also shared a post on Instagram, in which she posted a selfie of George Floyd, questioning what will it take to make America the land of the free. She wrote:
Enough is enough! What will it take ? A civil war ? A new president? Violent riots ? It’s tired ! I’m tired ! The country is tired !You don’t put fear in people when you do this you just show how coward YOU ARE ! And how America is really not the land of the free !
Furthermore, Beyoncé also updated her website, saying “Rest in Peace George Floyd”.
However, that wasn’t the end of it. A lot of other celebrities joined in with their tributes over George Floyd’s death as well. Here’s Kim Kardashian West’s tweet:
Other than them, there are a lot of other celebrities paying their tributes to George Floyd. Moreover, they are also questioning the persistence of racism in America and within the police. Here are a few posts by Justin Bieber, Naomi Campbell, Demi Lovato, and Ava DuVernay:
I don’t have the words. I’m sick and tired of this, tired of being sad about our people dying needlessly. Harassed and humiliated in these challenging times, I thought we could come to together, but it seems like this Coronavirus has bought out more racism in a major way. pic.twitter.com/vZpNHm9Zco
— Naomi Campbell (@NaomiCampbell) May 27, 2020
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This is not okay. And it will not stop until everyone does their part. Especially white people. I said it recently and I’ll say it again, do not let your discomfort surrounding social issues prevent you from speaking up for those IN DANGER. And reality is, until this STOPS COMPLETELY – THE BLACK COMMUNITY WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE IN DANGER. DO YOUR PART. THIS INVOLVES YOU TOO. #GeorgeFloyd, I hope you RIP because it isn’t fair so many didn’t do their part to ensure you lived in peace.
You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life. Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act – for you – and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/JeMNUtkXv6
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) May 27, 2020
Ava DuVernay’s tweet is especially important, as she recently said she would love to make a documentary on White Privilege. And considering the events of George Floyd’sdeath, America needs it right now. Celebrities can play a very important role in all this.
What happened in Minneapolis?
These celebrities are reacting to a horrifying incident that happened on Monday. A 46-year old George Floyd was being arrested for an alleged forged cheque. However, instead of arresting or detaining him without force, the Minneapolis police officer put his knee on his neck. As he was doing so, George Floyd was suffocating, saying that “I can’t breathe”. Bystanders were crying for the officer to get off of Floyd, but they didn’t. Instead, it went on for five minutes. Moreover, by CCTV footage, it’s clear that Floyd didn’t resist arrest either. The Minneapolis Police Department fired the four officers, however, the public is protesting for them to be arrested and prosecuted. Moreover, even the mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frey asked:
Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?
As a result of these incidents, celebrities are speaking out in favor of George Floyd. This is because they all want his killers to be tried by law and Goerge Floyd to be given full justice. Moreover, it’s about time America once and for all dealt with racism.