The Black Lives Matter global movement was founded in 2013 following the death of an African-American teenager Trayvon Martin and has been steadily gaining momentum for years. But last year’s events following the unthinkable actions of police that led to the death of George Floyd, have sparked a boom in the movement.
Citizens around the world have spoken out against racism pledging to help unpick the systems that perpetuate inequality. People from all race, country and religion have united, participating in protests and rallies, donating to relevant causes and educating themselves (and others) on racial inequality with a vision of ending white supremacy, establishing a world of freedom and equality for black people.
Many celebrities also joined the movement, educating and inspiring their followers. And here’s a collection of ten powerful celebrity quotes on why Black Lives Matter and racial injustice needs to stop!
1. Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift took to Twitter last May to openly criticise Donald Trump after his controversial tweets on the protests led to widespread criticism (It happened before the ex-president’s account was suspended).
“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’???”
2. Stefflon Don
British Rapper Stefflan Don shared this beautiful message through an Instagram post.
“‘In the end, we will not remember the enemies words, but the silence of our friends/peers’. Unarmed, cuffed and not dangerous. The only crime he committed was being Black and beautiful. Do not stand by and allow these devils to take another life! If I witnessed something as vile as this I would never stand there and talk. I am not scared and I do not live in fear so don’t you either.”
3. Priyanka Chopra
Priyanka Chopra took to Instagram to share a picture of George Floyd’s heartbreaking last words “Please, I can’t breathe” with an equally emotional caption that read -
“There is so much work to be done and it needs to starts at an individual level on a global scale. We all have a responsibility to educate ourselves and end this hate. End this race was here in the US, and around the world. Wherever you live, whatever your circumstances, NO ONE deserves to die, especially at the hands of another because of their skin colour. George, I am praying for your family. ❤️”
4. Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande shared her message through Twitter along with some photos of peaceful protests.
“Please keep signing these petitions, making donations, having conversations with family and friends about it, reading and sharing links and resources… A gentle reminder that this doesn’t end today or tomorrow or after you post about it once.”
5. Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx shared a video of protests across the world with a beautiful message on love and unity.
“Verified If there was any doubt!!! This is how obvious it is!!! Love will always crush hate!!! The very Weight of the voices and Chants will break racist bones…”
6. John Boyega
Star Wars actor John Boyega shared a picture of John Boyega with a powerful message for racists.
“So heartbreaking to hear about the continuous cycle of violence aimed at black people by racist cops. Murder charges only. First post where I’ve had to turn off comments. Ain’t none of you getting the last word today. That’s that.”
7. Niall Horan
Niall Horan took to Twitter to show his support.
“Racism has been rampant for hundreds of years, it’s just that in this century people have camera phones to video it. It’s absolutely disgusting that you get mistreated because of the colour of your skin. You would think that those that are there to protect us, would protect.”
Anne-Marie who has been a public supporter of this movement from the beginning took her stand on fighting racism till the end.
“If we as white people do not fight against racism then we are part of this continued problem. I am anti-racist, I refuse to accept this disgraceful act and I will help the fight, I hope you stand with me.”
9. Harry Styles
Harry Styles shared a powerful message on Instagram encouraging his followers to donate and stand for the cause.
“I do things every day without fear, because I am privileged, and I am privileged every day because I am white. Being not racist is not enough, we must be anti-racist. Social change is enacted when a society mobilizes. I stand in solidarity with all of those protesting. I’m donating to help post bail for arrested organizers. Look inwards, educate yourself and others. LISTEN, READ, SHARE, DONATE and VOTE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. BLACK LIVES MATTER.”
Rihanna shared a long and emotional message through Instagram asking justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor.