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Lewis Hamilton Calls To Take Action Against Racism

Lewis Hamilton Calls To Take Action Against Racism

by Agi Kaja

A long time vegan and a six-time world champion F1 driver Lewis Hamilton asks everyone to take action to fight racism.

Hamilton wrote a statement in solidarity with the protests taking place across the US triggered by the death of George Floyd, a Black man killed by police officers in Minneapolis over a week ago.

Hamilton posted on his Instagram:

"This past week has been so dark. I have failed to keep hold of my emotions. I have felt so much anger, sadness, and disbelief in what my eyes have seen."

"I am completely overcome with rage at the sight of such blatant disregard for the lives of our people. The injustice that we are seeing our brothers and sisters face all over the world time and time again is disgusting, and must stop."

Hamilton added that the racism and police brutality towards black citizens is not new but something that has existed in the US for a long time.

"Those of us who are Black, brown, or in between, see it everyday and should not have to feel as though we were born guilty, don't belong, or fear for our lives based on the color of our skin," he said.

"Will Smith said it best, 'Racism is not getting worse, it's being filmed."

Hamilton called people around the world, regardless of their colour and nationality to take action against racism and injustice.

"It took hundreds of thousands of peoples complaints and buildings to burn before officials reacted and decided to arrest Derek Chauvin for murder, and that is sad," he said.

"Unfortunately, America is not the only place where racism lives and we continue to fail as humans when we cannot stand up for what is right. Please do not sit in silence, no matter the color of your skin."

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This past week has been so dark. I have failed to keep hold of my emotions. I have felt so much anger, sadness and disbelief in what my eyes have seen. I am completely overcome with rage at the sight of such blatant disregard for the lives of our people. The injustice that we are seeing our brothers and sisters face all over the world time and time again is disgusting, and MUST stop. So many people seem surprised, but to us unfortunately, it is not surprising. Those of us who are black, brown or in between, see it everyday and should not have to feel as though we were born guilty, don’t belong, or fear for our lives based on the colour of our skin. Will Smith said it best, racism is not getting worse, it’s being filmed. Only now that the world is so well equipped with cameras has this issue been able to come to light in such a big way. It is only when there are riots and screams for justice that the powers that be cave in and do something, but by then it is far too late and not enough has been done. It took hundreds of thousands of peoples complaints and buildings to burn before officials reacted and decided to arrest Derek Chauvin for murder, and that is sad. Unfortunately, America is not the only place where racism lives and we continue to fail as humans when we cannot stand up for what is right. Please do not sit in silence, no matter the colour of your skin. Black Lives Matter. #blackouttuesday ✊?

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