Call For Change: Music Stars Speak Up

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“George Floyd’s murder has sent shockwaves around the world, there are countless others that haven’t. 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. 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.”

- Adele

“George Floyd was a black man murdered by a police officer. He was unarmed and initially restrained for a nonviolent crime. Say his name. Share this information. If you have friends and family who are privileged enough to 'stay away from this kind of news' then take that f**king privilege away. Uplift the voices of black members of your community voicing their fear or outrage or grief.”

- Halsey

"I watched the video, and when I saw it, my heart sank into my stomach. I am so appalled and so heartbroken. I cannot believe in this day violence like that is so commonplace and still happening.”

- Post Malone

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“Those of us who call ourselves allies need to do everything in our power to stand with the black community right NOW. BLACK men and women are regularly being murdered unjustly by police. We have seen it. Over and over again. This has gone on in America for too long, and it’s NEVER been okay. We have to take action, we have to make noise. Allies... this is the time for us all to take a hard look in the mirror, share responsibility and ask our family and friends what can we do to educate our own communities.”

- Justin Timberlake⠀

"It's hard to find the words… the tragedy, the injustice breaks my heart. As so many have already said, it's not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist. Change is long overdue. Racism and brutality must end. It's everyone's problem, everyone's fight. And I pray that together we can find peace.”

- Céline Dion

 

“Racism is evil We need to use our voice! Please people … No lives matter until black lives matter.”

- Justin Bieber

 

“Continue having conversations w family and friends about racism (overt and covert) and the senseless acts of murder that happen in this country far too often, please keep reading up … and learning and sharing links and resources.. our black friends need us to show up and to be better and to be vocal. now more than ever. online. offline even more so. this is more than a post. we have to show up. there is work that needs to be done and it is absolutely on us to do it.”

- Ariana Grande

“We have to make a change. We can't be silent. … I don't understand how there can be regulated bigotry. There’s got to be a way to connect this world today.”

- Mariah Carey

“I stand with you in outrage … We need a change, we can’t afford to be silent, and we can’t afford a society that’s indifferent to others’ pain.”

- Camila Cabello

“We don’t want that s**t. We want what we’ve always wanted from the beginning of being in this f**king country – the same right that all these other people have … “Black people … it is not your job to educate people on racism or white privilege. It is exhausting and if they don’t see it or believe it by now, they don’t want to. White people … as long as you stay silent, you are part of the problem. I know you are not racist but you have to be more than that. You have to be anti-racist. Speak up.”

- Lizzo

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“Use your voice to stand up and speak out for what is right! Take time to educate yourself about racism and then educate those around you. Sign petitions and let your lawmakers know how you feel. I am urging you to register to vote if you are not already.”

- Demi Lovato

“I can’t image what life dealing with racism so constantly is like. As a white person, I not only recognize that this is a problem but that I am a part of the problem. That is has long due been time to not only ‘not accept’ racism, but to become anti-racist. That all of us that are in the majority, can’t sit idle any longer while the minority are suffering. It’s time for ALL humans to demand change. This needs to be EVERYONES fight. We need to start to really listen to & help amplify black voices. To make their struggles known and to reject racism. It’s time to take action on that feeling in your heart that knows how wrong this is. This can NOT be the world our children of the future live in. The time for change is long overdue & we can’t rest until change is what we get.”

- Shawn Mendes

 

“No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of colour as less than human. We can no longer look away.”

- Beyoncé

 

“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.”

- Harry Styles

“NO ONE IS SAYING YOUR LIFE DOESN’T MATTER. NO ONE IS SAYING YOUR LIFE IS NOT HARD … THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU. STOP MAKING EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU. YOU ARE NOT IN NEED. YOU ARE NOT IN DANGER.”

- Billie Eilish

“The voices of the black community have been silenced for too long and that silence has proven deadly time and time again. And no matter what they do to protest, they are still met with no compassion by the leaders that are meant to protect them. Everyday people in America are racist, that’s a fact … We haven’t, as a privileged community, done enough to fight racism and stand up for those people who are being killed by it.”

- Lady Gaga

“Politics and all other bulls**t aside, we all have a giant responsibility to eliminate this issue, which has plagued our country for far too long. We must educate our children, and install values of love and equality. We are all born innocent, and racism is something that is learned.”

- Dan + Shay

“Black lives matter. Systemic racism exists. White privilege is real. I’m heartbroken to, yet again, witness the oppression and bigotry that Black people in America have consistently endured for centuries — at the hands of a system that’s broken to its very core.”

- Jay Weinberg (Slipknot)

“We have to come together somehow, y’all. The only way it will ever change is if we can change people’s hearts. I don’t know how we are going to make that happen, but I am ready to try everything we have to do, because we need to be better.”

- Darius Rucker

“Too many black lives have been taken from us for far too long. They deserve better. They deserve to be heard. We all need to do better and not sit in silence as this injustice continues.”

- Selena Gomez

 

“Blatant racism and lack of leadership and so many lives lost. Justice needs to be served! No one should ever have to say ‘I can’t breathe’ at the hands and/or knees of law enforcement.”

- Nick Jonas

 

“I believe that people are waking up to the dark reality that exists on this planet. Inequality, injustice, intolerance, fear and oppression. This white woman has a Fu&king LOT to learn and atone for. My silence and my ignorance has long been part of the problem. And I am sorry.”

- Jann Arden

“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 !”

- Cardi B

“This disgusting behavior has forever been happening and is probably happening somewhere now, we’re just seeing the instances that happened to be caught on camera. This shouldn’t be happening in the first place or ever. I don’t know what the answer is but we can can start by standing up, uniting and speaking out until our voices are heard.”

- Jay Sean

“I took everything for granted. I never had fear walking down the street. I never felt like my life was threatened when I walked or drove by police officers. I will never understand but I will continue to fight to be the best ally I can be. We cannot and will not allow this to be normal..we must change.”

- Meghan Trainor

“Let your voice be heard. Be angry. White people have been using violence against us since the beginning of time. We didn’t invent violence & looting. Will these officers actually get convicted? Probably not. Let your voice be heard.”

- Nicki Minaj

 

“I am more determined to fight for justice than any fight my would-be oppressors may have. I prevail on every politician, prosecutor and officer in the country to have the courage to do what is right. Have the courage to look at us as humans, dads, brothers, sisters and mothers in pain at look at yourselves.”

- Jay-Z

 

"As a white privileged man, I am fortunate to have been able to live my life without prejudice. I am appalled and deeply saddened by the police brutality that the world has witnessed over the past week that caused the death of George Floyd. It is disgusting that many people continue to live in fear purely due to the colour of their skin. Enough is enough. I want to let the black community know that I stand with you, and with anyone protesting in support of racial equality. It is essential that we all realize the steps we can take as individuals, small or large, to support those facing these issues and help promote meaningful change for the future. It is the only way we move forward.”

- Louis Tomlinson

“Like so many of you, I am angry, outraged and heartbroken about the injustice in our country that has been going on for way too long – centuries & generations … We can’t stand by, we need to each do our part to make justice for everyone a reality.”

- Miley Cyrus

“The video of #georgefloyd being suffocated Monday by an unflinching, un-empathetic Minneapolis police officer will haunt me the rest of my life … a pandemic of racism & bigotry has been plaguing our country for centuries, & a seismic shift in how we view each other as humans has to take place now. The officer that killed George Floyd wasn’t born racist, no one is. It’s taught, it’s learned, it’s reinforced by peers. It’s a disease as disgusting as the virus we are fighting today & much deeper, much longer lasting. Hatred, racism & bigotry have to be eradicated. The vaccine is literally inside us, how we raise our children, how we interact with friends, the JOKES we tolerate or go along with – all of this feeds or kills the behaviour that led to this disgusting murder, perpetrated by men that are paid with our tax dollars to protect us, regardless of race. If you see an act of blatant racism, injustice or bigotry, try to stop it, if that fails – FILM IT!”

- Ryan Tedder

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“I’m going to keep my FAITH! I’m praying that the losses of our Black Kings and Queens won’t be in vain. Enough is Enough! I’m praying for UNITY! I’m praying for the powers that be to unite and decide that it’s time for a change!”

- Ciara

“It’s been hard to find the words to adequately convey how outraged and sad I am. WHITE PEOPLE HAVE HAD IT SO F**KING WRONG SINCE THE BEGINNING and I will do whatever I can I help break the DISGUSTING, damaging cycle racism and systemic privilege causes. I will not be a bystander.”

- Kacey Musgraves

“I have no clue what it feels like to be profiled by authorities, treated negatively or have my life threatened because of the colour 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 don't believe in hate. I believe in love. What happened to George was pure hate … 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 colour 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.”

- Thomas Rhett

“This is a matter of humanity!!! Of goodness and basic human kindness and decency!!! My heart is breaking. So many people are hurting right now. How can anyone say they love this country and not do something when they see lives cut short because of the colour of their skin? We need to erase the fear and hatred that exists. Not erase people … We need to love and appreciate all the beautiful things that every individual person is. There are more of us who live a life of love and acceptance than those who live in rage and hate. Do not let the angry, and hateful win!! Say something. Do something. Let’s build bridges not burn them. We have lost our way these past few years but we can find our way back. We need to speak up and speak love. Every chance we get... we need to storm the polls in November and VOTE... we need change!!! Somethings got to change!!”

- Jennifer Lopez

 

“When will the majority of protests & outrage be led by white people & police officers everywhere? These are your people killing us. Why are OUR voices & outrage LOUDER THAN YOURS during these times? WE DIDN’T DO THIS. I’m tired of US HAVING TO DO THE WORK YOU SHOULD BE DOING.”

- Janelle Monáe

 

“There are almost no words that I can think of to properly express, or I can use to suppress, this enraged feeling of us continuously losing our brothers and sisters to brutality at the hands of officers, or anyone with misguided intentions for our well-being. The rage that we are all feeling is from direct personal experience and the constant pain of wanting our voices to be heard. To be seen as equal and human, too.”

- Travis Scott

“I never felt like it was my place to comment on the issue of racist police brutality, and that is part of the problem. What is happening in this country right now is horrific. The murder of black people, because they are black, by law enforcement, or anyone else is a tragedy every time. I have never had to fear because of the colour or my skin, and I know that’s something I will never understand. That’s white privilege. Racism has never been okay, yet it is part of the history of this country, a sickening part. Racism is very much alive and fueled by a president who calls white supremacists ‘very fine people’ and then threatens protesters with being shot in a time when so many are suffering. It’s embarrassing, nauseating, and infuriating. Being a white person, I know I will never understand how racism feels. I stand for equality and I can’t just be silent while the president encourages violence and does nothing to help heal people’s suffering but rather makes it worse. What is happening right now is bigger than a hashtag. Black lives matter. George Floyd matters. Spread LOVE not hate.”

- Kesha

"White friends: We can't let our discomfort, ego, or belief that this work doesn't include us, prevent us from acknowledging our privilege and that we have the burden of dismantling white supremacy. We do. We can not be complacent. We can not be silent. We need to have this conversation with our families and friend and coworkers. Let's turn outrage into action."

- Mandy Moore

"Keep supporting our brothers and sisters out there risking everything to push for actual change for our black lives."

- The Weeknd