*Lizzo has taken to her social channels to address the widespread civil unrest over the death of George Floyd, which has sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality.
On Sunday, the Grammy-winning singer posted an emotional video of her speaking about Floyd’s murder by a former Minneapolis police officer.
Lizzo shared a message sent to her by local residents about the violence that is overshadowing the peaceful demonstrations.
“What they just told me is at this point all the violence, the majority of the violence that’s happening in that city is coming from the KKK and the heavily militarized police,” Lizzo said on her Instagram Live, according to Billboard. “There are people coming from the south, there are white supremacist terrorist groups coming from the south, patrolling the streets, shooting people.”
She then urged her fans to follow people from the Minnesotan community, “Cause the real story is not being told fully.”
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“It’s never black people, it’s always white people using the term ‘race war’ … We don’t want that s—,” she continued. “We want what we’ve always wanted from the beginning of being in this f—ing country, the same right that all these other people have. It’s not this difficult.”
“I’ve been trying to stay composed this entire time. I’m really working on it this entire time. Let me just gather myself,” Lizzo said. “It’s not that hard to see. The people that don’t see it don’t want to see it. I don’t have sympathy for people who don’t see it anymore. Black people are tired. We are so tired.”
“I’m tired of putting myself in danger,” she continued. “It’s not danger from the protesters, [it’s] danger from the police who don’t value me. Danger of the white supremacist groups who are shooting at people, who are running people over with their cars. How do we not see where the issue is? Why is everyone being so — in the media — political? This isn’t a political issue. The issue is in politics, but it’s not a political issue. It’s so much deeper than politics. It’s in the veins of this country … there is racism running through its veins.”
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Protest is not the end of progress, it is the beginning. I wonder what would happen if all the big companies and celebrities who have showed support on social media came out and used their platform to let activists and protesters speak and be seen? I wonder what would happen if we allowed the outrage to have positive influence in our local government? What would happen if those in power defunded the police & dismantled their racist culture and corrupt power structures? Cities are burning, are you watching? I stand with Minneapolis. I believe in us. Change is gonna come. #blacklivesmatter
She then spoke out about her responsibility as an artist to use her platform to highlight these issues.
“Nobody seems to care about the way that black women feel,” she said. “I wasn’t in this position a year ago, [with] this profile. This many people didn’t know who I was a year ago. I remember every time these things happened … I would look to these famous people and say, ‘Where are your voices? Why aren’t you speaking up for us?’ I have to realize that responsibility as well. It would irresponsible of me to not reflect the times, irresponsible to not tell the truth.”
She concluded with a message of hope.
“This is the most outrage I’ve seen as a country, and that is starting to give me the first semblance of hope I’ve had in a long time,” she said. “I really do believe in the good of people, and maybe that makes me naïve, but I’ve seen Minneapolis rise up and do incredible things.”
“I hope that everybody can just really see this s— for what it is,” Lizzo said. “Open your mind, open your heart, listen, believe … When you see that vandalism, when you see that senseless violence, know that that ain’t us.”
Of the four Minneapolis police officers present during Floyd’s arrest and murder, only former cop Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
As we previously reported… the results of the private/independent autopsy ordered by the family of George Floyd ruled his death as a “homicide caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.”