“I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” he said in a post shared across social channels. “I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”
On Sunday evening, rapper Travis Scott also added his voice to the growing list of celebs who are publicly commenting on the protests that have erupted in days since Floyd’s death.
“As I pace around thinking, trying to find something to ease the pain,” Scott’s Instagram post began. “[T]here 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.”
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Remembering we all witnessed #GeorgeFloyd beg for his life that is the root to all that’s going on! If you have a HEART & a CONSCIOUS then you should understand why emotions are high! POINT BLANK! pic.twitter.com/uze2L42Gbs
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) June 1, 2020
He went on to say: “The rage that we are feeling is from direct personal experience and the constant pain of wanting our voices to be heard,” he wrote. “To be seen as equal and human, too. We have to change and reform police policy in our U.S. cities, and there needs to be accountability immediately! Especially when officers abuse power to the point where it callously takes a life.”
Scott also addressed Floyd’s family, writing: “My heart goes out to George Floyd’s family and everyone who’s suffered loss based on this type of senseless injustice and brutality. Me and the team are gonna do everything possible to make sure these issues are addressed on a long-term basis. Thank u Bun for picking me up this morning and helping me figure out ways I can really help move this forward. Love. See you all soon!”
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Meanwhile, JAY-Z addressed Floyd’s murder in a statement released Sunday night. The hip-hop icon urged Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison to “do the right thing and prosecute all those responsible for the murder of George Floyd to fullest extent of the law.”
“After our very earnest conversation, thank you to Governor Walz for doing what’s right and calling in Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the George Floyd case,” he said. “Earlier today, Governor Walz mentioned having a human conversation with me – a dad and a black man in pain. YES, I am human, a father and a black man in pain and I am not the only one.”