When John Boyega speaks, we listen!
On Wednesday, at a peaceful protest in central London, the “Star Wars” actor gave an impassioned speech honoring George Floyd — a 46-year-old unarmed black man who died after his neck was pinned to the ground by white officer Derek Chauvin’s knee — as well as the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Black lives have always mattered, we have always been important, we have always met suffering, we have always succeeded, regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting. I ain’t waiting,” the 28-year-old told demonstrators, as seen in a video posted by the Evening Standard.
In his emotional address, Boyega tells the crowd that “every black person understands and realizes the first time you are reminded that you are black.”
“You remember. Every black person in here remembers when another person reminded you that you were black,” he said.
“I need you guys to understand. I need you guys to understand. I need you to understand how painful this ---- is. I need you to understand how painful it is,” he continued. “To be reminded every day that your race means nothing. And that isn’t the case anymore. There is never a case anymore. We are going to try today.”
Boyega also urged black men “to take care of our black women,” as they are “the pillars of the family.”
“We need to take care of them. They are us. They are our hearts. They are our future. We cannot demonize our own. We are the pillars of the family,” he said. “Imagine this, a nation that is set up with individual families that are thriving, that are healthy, that communicate, that raise their children in love. Have a better rate of becoming better human beings. And that’s what we need to create. Black men, it starts with you.”
Towards the end of his speech, Boyega added, “Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but ---- that!” he exclaimed to applause from the crowd.
After the emotional video went viral, several celebs, including Jordan Peele and fellow “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill, applauded Boyega’s words.
The @starwars Twitter account also celebrated Boyega, writing, “We stand with and support you, @JohnBoyega.”
Last week on his Twitter page, Boyega made his stance on racism very clear when he declared, “I really ------- hate -------.”