“Fight Injustice. Fight Racism”: Musicians Share Support For George Floyd Protests And Black Lives Matter
As protests in America enter their sixth day following the death of George Floyd last Monday, a huge number of musicians have shown their support for the movement – both online, and by attending these events themselves.
While the demonstrations started off in Minneapolis, they have now spread to New York, Los Angeles, D.C., and Chicago, as well as taking off across the globe and reaching Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. In America, the likes of Machine Gun Kelly, YUNGBLUD and Palaye Royale took to the streets to march with fellow protestors, while elsewhere everyone from Corey Taylor to Green Day to Enter Shikari to Hayley Williams had their say online, supporting #BlackLivesMatter and encouraging others to do the same.
“We will never truly understand the depth & magnitude of the pain black people have had to endure for years, but we hope we can use our voice and this platform to show our support & solidarity,” wrote Canadian pop-punks Simple Plan. “More importantly, we are here to listen & learn how we can do better.”
“I was beat up by a group of cops when I was 14 years old,” said Against Me! leader Laura Jane Grace. “They stepped on my head and put a knee in my back then hogtied me. Carried me around like a suitcase. I know the only reason I’m alive is because of my white privilege.”
Understandably, artists from every spectrum of the rock genre have weighed in on the situation, sharing their personal experiences, demanding justice, showing solidarity to all those affected, and embracing the fact that there’s even more work still to be done. Read a selection of those thoughts below, and donate to George Floyd’s GoFundMe to cover funeral and burial costs, The Minnesota Freedom Fund, Reclaim The Block, Black Lives Matter or any of these black-led organisations to help do your part.
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On May 25 2020 an unarmed and non threatening black citizen named George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis Police. George Floyd was suffocated on video which has shown not only his compliance with the orders of the murdering officer(s), but his vocal indication to them that the knee in his neck was restricting his breathing and that he was being asphyxiated. These officers chose not to listen and George Floyd suffocated on that street in front of horrified bystanders and then in front of the world. The murderers names are Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane. They must be held accountable for what they have done. Make no mistake, this was murder. Despite how you feel about authority, current structures or our music, this tragedy can be seen as nothing other than that- murder. Statistics continue to irrefutably reveal the disproportionate utilization of excessive force against people of color in this country. This video of George Floyd is yet another piece of undeniable evidence that should not be viewed as anything other than a disgustingly unnecessary and wrongful murder of another black man by the hands of those sworn to protect them and a system that emboldens the perpetrators to break the laws they made. There is no way anyone watching this should be okay with this the same way you should have never been okay with the countless cases before it. The time is now. We must demand more from our government, our community, and ourselves. Justice must be reshaped in America. These officers must be held accountable for their despicable actions. No more excuses. We must refuse this. Silence is useless. Long live the innocent. REST IN POWER GEORGE FLOYD #JUSTICEFORGEORGEFLOYD
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united are voices united are the screams united are the colours not just in our dreams this is a moment to ourselves we must see. this is a moment to ourselves we must speak. they will not want us to be sad because we can find comfort here? they will not want us to be mad because they don’t want us to steer? because when we are off of the rails, we live live inside fear and when we start feeling nothing , nothing becomes clear so please speak, stand up, please shout, please cry please feel every fuckin tear that falls from your eye, justice for humanity is vital and right now is the moment to fight for a strangers life and when you think of that stranger try to visualise your friend, your family, your husband, your wife because names and faces are more than a device on a piece of paper that you will one day inevitably place to the side whoever you are you are you can be involved in this fight all gotta do is speak the words from your mind so the people around you and the people you find will put a this hate to sleep, and together we can all say goodnight to this tragic, gratuitous waste of human life and look at each other, tomorrow United in the eyes shouting to feel is to breath, to feel is to be free, to be free is what it means to be successful to me #blacklivesmatter
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