The country is on fire over the recent death of George Floyd, whose final moments have been captured for the world to see. Protest marches, looting and rioting are some of the ways citizens have expressed their anger over the death of an unarmed Black man, who died while being arrested by members of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25, 2020. As VIP’s, celebrities, influencers and the general public have their own feelings about Floyd’s death and the subsequent events, Right On! Digital will continue to be a voice for social justice.
When iconic rapper/actor/producer first learned of Floyd’s death, he cancelled a scheduled appearance on Good Morning America citing, “after the events in Minnesota with George Floyd I’m in no mood to tell America, good morning.” The former member of N.W.A tweeted, “I’m done talking. These people know right from wrong and they obviously don’t care. So what we talking about?”
“The murder of George Floyd by police is an unspeakable tragedy. Sadly, police brutality against the Black community has been an ever-present circumstance since its origin to preserve the system of slavery.
Black families and communities across this country are unified at this moment by unfortunate circumstances. The uprising spreading across this country is fueled by systemic racial issues that have been ingrained in the fabric of this nation for decades. As we’ve seen over the last few days, these issues have now manifested into anger, sadness, fear, and confusion. Many throughout the country are left to consider at this moment after watching the horrific footage of George Floyd: When is enough, enough?
As a father, I know what it’s like when my sons and daughters want to leave the house and being scared that they may never return. As a husband, I consider my wife and the life she would be left to navigate if I was prematurely taken from her and my children as yet another unexplainable death. As a Black man, I consider how much longer I can be asked to bear the brunt of these social injustices without meeting force with force. But as a community, we must also find what is at stake. We must consider the lives we are attempting to forge for our families and communities. Additionally, we must act in our best interest to knock down the walls of injustice that will grant future generations access to higher social, economic, and political power.
In this hour, our communities are angry, saddened. But we must be strategic and measured as we battle this latest grave injustice. The NAACP will not rest until we see these officers charged and convicted for the murder of George Floyd. We must keep our focus on redressing the systemic racism against our community that led to this tragedy. We cannot afford to do so while losing more Black sons and daughters.
We must protest peacefully, demand persistently, and fight politically. But most of all, we must vote in November.”
John Legend’s wife Chrissy Teigen is putting her money up to help protesters get out of jail. Initially, she pledged to donate $100,000 to help bail out protesters across the country, but when she realized they needed more support she decided, “Ooo they might need more money then. Make it $200,000.” On Instagram, the famous model/author/TV host said, “I stand with our heroes out there in support and solidarity. If you don’t know what else to do, every little bit helps. Please see my retweets for direct links. Silence is betrayal.”