Beyoncé tells the world: “No more seeing people of color as less than human.”
In a video posted on Instagram over the weekend, the “Halo” singer asks fans to sign petitions demanding that more charges be brought against the four officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd, who was declared dead last Monday after one of the officers, Derek Chauvin, pinned a knee on his neck.
“We need justice for George Floyd,” the 38-year-old began the clip. “We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain. I’m not only speaking to people of color, if you’re white, black, brown, or anything in between, I’m sure you feel hopeless by the racism going on in America right now.”
She continued, “No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away. George is all of our family and humanity. He is our family because he is a fellow American.”
While acknowledging that Chauvin — who last Friday was charged with third degree murder and manslaughter — is the only policeman of the four to be slapped with formal accusations, she added, “There have been too many times that we’ve seen these violent killings and no consequences… Justice is far from being achieved.”
On her website, the songstress posted links to four organizations —the NAACP, #WeCan’tBreathe, Color of Change, and Change.org — whose petition has amassed over 10 million signatures.
In May, Beyoncé and her mom Tina Knowles teamed up for the #IDIDMYPART campaign, which provided 1,000 coronavirus tests in their hometown of Houston, Texas.