Lizzo: 'Black People Are Tired. We Are So Tired'
Lizzo said this past weekend that black people are "tired ... so tired" and not looking for a “race war” in the U.S.
“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,” she said in during an emotional Instagram Live on Sunday. “It’s not this difficult.”
The 32-year-old singer-rapper, who launched her music career in Minneapolis, said the issue isn’t a political one. “The issue is in politics, but it's not a political issue,” she explained. “It’s so much deeper than politics. It's in the veins of this country ... there is racism running through its veins.”
In an Instagram Story, Lizzo added: “Now that the protesters have everyone’s attention, what are the next steps that we’re going to take to make sure that we’re actually moving forward? … Now is the time. The world is standing still and waiting for action. Let’s make progress.”
She also shared two direct messages.
“Black people … it is not your job to educate people on racism or white privilege,” said Lizzo. “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.”
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