IO – Singer Adele uploaded a message to her fans on social media Monday, addressing those who took action following the death of George Floyd on May 25.
“George Floyd’s murder has sent shockwaves around the world; there are countless other that haven’t,” wrote the 32-year-old singer on Instagram, alongside a photo of Floyd. “Protests and marches are happening all over the globe simultaneously and only gaining momentum.”
“So be righteously angered but be focused! Keep listening, keep asking and keep learning! It’s important we don’t get disheartened, hijacked or manipulated right now,” she continued as quoted by eonline. “This is about systematic racism, this is about police violence and it’s about inequality. And this isn’t only about America! Racism is alive and well everywhere. I wholeheartedly stand in solidarity with the fight for freedom, liberation and justice #blacklivesmatter
Adele’s sentiments were echoed by a host of other celebrities on Monday, including Anna Paquin, Professor Green, Katie Piper, Peter Andre, and Camilla Thurlow.
Peter shared a quote from Malcolm X, which read: ‘Freedom for everybody or freedom for nobody, adding the caption, ‘Simple.’
Sharing a quote from American author and poet Scott Woods, Camilla wrote as quoted by Daily Mail: ‘The right to protest is fundamental to holding the powerful to account.
‘The powerful systems that are currently undermining that right are the very same ones that should protect all human lives equally but we know, not only from the events of the past few weeks but for hundreds of years previously, that this is not the case.
Adele joins the list of celebrities that have spoken up about Floyd and participated in nationwide protests in solidarity with the Black community.
Over the weekend, stars like Ariana Grande, Jamie Foxx, Halsey, Michael B. Jordan, Kendrick Sampson and Kehlani among others took to the streets to protest.
Stars like Halsey also stepped in and provided medical aid to fellow protesters who had been injured during a protest in Santa Monica, Calif. this weekend.
“do not underplay these rubber bullets bc you have been told they are ‘not lethal’. I had to bandage a man who looked like his entire face had exploded today,” the 25-year-old wrote on social media on Sunday, May 31. “So before you say, from the comfort of your home, that we’re exaggerating, please consider the injuries some have suffered.”
Aside from stepping out to participate in protests, stars like Chrissy Teigen, Janelle Monáe, Drake and Steve Carell have made donations to help bail out protesters in different cities and states. (rp)