George Floyd Death: Taylor Swift Calls out Trump, Demands Justice

Celebrities have condemned the death of Floyd by a police officer.

Published01 Jun 2020, 08:32 AM IST
Celebrities
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From Taylor Swift to Billie Ellish, a number of celebrities have expressed outrage after a video of a Minnesota officer allegedly suffocating a Black man, George Floyd, by kneeling on his neck surfaced on the internet on 25 May night.

Slamming US president Donald Trump for his ‘looting and shooting’ comment, Taylor Swift wrote on Twitter, “After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump”.

Billie Ellish penned a long essay on Saturday, 30 May, extending support to Black Lives Matter. She touched upon white privilege and demanded justice for George Floyd.

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Beyonce took to Instagram to share a video about a petition that she started, demanding justice for Floyd. “If you want to demand more charges brought on all those involved in the death of George Floyd, click the link in my bio to sign the petition”, the singer captioned her clip.

Here’s what some other celebs have to say:

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As the father of a black daughter and also two white daughters- I have struggled with what to say today. We have navigated forms of racism directly and while there is mostly overwhelming support and love for our family, sometimes there is just the opposite. Because of that fear, it can be a lot easier to choose silence, but today I’m choosing to speak. I have no clue what it feels like to be profiled by authorities, treated negatively or have my life threatened because of the color of my skin. When I witnessed the horrific murder of George and think about the mistreatment of other black men and women in America, I am heartbroken and angry. I get scared when I think about my daughters and what kind of world they will be growing up in and how my JOB as a father is to show them how to lead with love in the face of hate. To know their worth and value as not only women but human beings. I have witnessed my black band and crew members on the road struggle at times with feeling safe because of the color of their skin. This is unacceptable. I don’t believe in hate. I believe in love. What happened to George was pure hate. We are all created by the same God. I pray for a change in heart of those hearts who have been overcome by hatred and hardened. I pray for a deeper understanding for myself and awareness of the experience of mistreatment that those of another skin color go through. I pray for the families of those who have lost their lives to violence or experienced trauma at the hand of racial oppression and injustice. What can we do? I ask myself this question everyday. We each have to be part of the solution and we have to continue to educate ourselves, continue to support both financially and with service those organizations doing good work in our communities to overcome injustice and hatred in our country. And if you’re like me, continue to pray. So if there is any question on where I stand let me be clear- I stand with you, I stand with George and his family and all those who have faced racism. I stand with my wife and my daughters. We will be fighting this fight for the rest of our lives. Rest In Peace, George. We are not letting this go.

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