George Floyd’s Cause of Death Revealed in Independent Autopsy

George Floyd’s Cause of Death Revealed in Independent Autopsy

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UPDATE: Just hours after George Floyd‘s family attorney released findings from an independent autopsy, The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has also revealed their results. 

In a press release obtained by E! News, George’s cause of death was “cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint and neck compression.” 

The medical examiner says the injury occurred when George “experienced a cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement officer(s).”

The medical examiner also says that other significant conditions include, “arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease; fentanyl intoxication; recent methamphetamine use.” The manner of death was deemed to be homicide.

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New details are being revealed in regards to the death of George Floyd.

On Monday afternoon, an independent autopsy ordered by George’s family found his passing was “caused by asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.” 

“The independent examiners found that weight on the back, handcuffs and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Mr. Floyd’s diaphragm to function,” the report released to E! News from George’s family attorney stated. “From all the evidence, the doctors said it now appears Mr. Floyd died at the scene.” 

The news comes a week after a video showed a white police officer pinning George to the ground next to the back tire of his patrol car with his knee on the man’s neck. 

Officer Derek Chauvin, who has been identified as the man who knelt on George’s neck, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday. He was among four officers fired last week for their involvement in George’s detainment. E! News has reached out to Derek’s attorney for comment. He has not publicly commented on the charges. 

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The FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension continue to investigate the incident that originally started because George had been handcuffed for allegedly passing a phony $20 bill at the corner store.

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Since the incident went viral, protests have been held around the world as millions of people stand in solidarity with the black lives matter movement.

From Los Angeles and New York to London and Dublin, protestors have organized peaceful protests to honor George.

Members of George’s family including his younger brother Terrence Floyd also traveled to the scene where he passed away. 

“When you spoke to him, he always wanted to motivate you, no matter what you was going through,” Terrence shared on Good Morning America before describing George as a “gentle giant” who was about “peace” and “unity.” 

After participating in a prayer vigil today alongside Terrence, George’s family attorney released a statement. 

“Not only do all of the officers responsible for the death of George Floyd need to be jailed, but in addition officers who assault innocent victims all over our country must be held criminally accountable,” Sanford Rubenstein shared with E! News. 

“E! stands in solidarity with the black community against systemic racism and oppression experienced every day in America,” the network said in a statement on May 31. “We owe it to our black staff, talent, production partners and viewers to demand change and accountability. To be silent is to be complicit. #BlackLivesMatter.”

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Halsey Provides Medical Aid to People Injured During George Floyd Protest

Halsey Provides Medical Aid to People Injured During George Floyd Protest

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After a weekend of protests in response to the killing of George Floyd, celebrities continue to use their platform and resources in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Halsey, who stood on the front line of a protest in Santa Monica, Calif. this weekend, was photographed providing medical aid to to fellow protesters who had been injured. 

“do not underplay these rubber bullets bc you have been told they are ‘not lethal’. I had to bandage a man who looked like his entire face had exploded today,” the 25-year-old wrote on social media on Sunday, May 31. “So before you say, from the comfort of your home, that we’re exaggerating, please consider the injuries some have suffered.”

After attending L.A. protests, Halsey advised protesters to stay prepared and carry with them medical supplies including, “Alcohol, disinfectant, gauze for excessive bleeding, non stick gauze pads and medical tape, eye pads, butterfly bandages, cold packs, neosporin, bandage scissors, tweezers and ace bandages.” 

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When detailing her experience at the protest, Halsey expressed that she didn’t know “how to articulate the horrors of today.”

“[National Guard] + officers firing rounds into kneeling crowds,” she wrote. “We dont have enough medics on the ground on our side. I was treating injuries I am not qualified to. So much blood spilled. If you have med training pls go + standby outskirts.”

“And if you’re a white ally who is gonna stand and shout and antagonize the officers and NG and then hide behind black bodies when the shots start firing, f-ck you,” she added. “You couldnt understand a shred of the bravery of the black folks at the front line. Thank you to everyone who stayed

Halsey, born Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, was accompanied by 22-year-old Yungblud at the protests this weekend in L.A. 

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“i need to say @halsey u were incredible today. u acted fearlessly and selflessly,” wrote the artist on social media about Halsey. “u were so brave and inspirational. when innocent people were unlawfully wounded, u were there with a medical kit bandaging them up. u didn’t think about yourself for one moment. i am proud to know u.”

In response, Halsey also thanked Yungblud for accompanying her. “And a big personal thank you to @yungblud who literally ran exposed in front of rounds being shot to drag wounded people to safety without even thinking twice,” she wrote

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The Bachelorette’s Rachel Lindsay Details Her ”Peaceful” and ”Beautiful” Protesting Experience

The Bachelorette‘s Rachel Lindsay Details Her ”Peaceful” and ”Beautiful” Protesting Experience

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Rachel Lindsay was among the thousands who attended demonstrations protesting the death of George Floyd over the weekend. 

While in conversation with her Higher Learning podcast co-host Van Lathan, The Bachelorette star detailed all she witnessed while out in Miami with husband Bryan Abasolo. Calling it a “great experience,” Rachel shared, “It’s not my first time protesting. It was peaceful. It was beautiful.”

“I heard beautiful speeches,” she explained. “It was beautiful to see so many people in unity marching and protesting for what they believed in and the injustices they’re facing in this country.”

However, while leaving the protest, Rachel said she saw some individuals “completely unbothered” by the events transpiring just a few blocks over. As she described, “I cross over a bridge and it’s just another day to pull out the yachts. It’s just another day for you to have drinks with your friends.”

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“It hit me so hard,” she said. “It’s just such a harsh reality that what we deal with and what other people don’t have to deal with because it doesn’t directly affect them.”

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The reality TV star later went on to explain why she feels a “burden” to use her platform to bring attention to the Black Lives Matter movement—especially as a member of Bachelor Nation.

“My audience on social media does not look like me. The majority of my audience is white women, and I have a lot of people who are looking at me,” Rachel said, adding that her followers often reach out asking for guidance on how to most effectively take action. 

“One of my purposes for being part of this franchise that I never knew anything about before is for a time like this—to speak to an audience that I never really would have had that opportunity to before,” she added. 

Rachel, 35, made history as the first African-American woman to lead The Bachelorette in 2017, and she’s long called attention to the racism she’s faced from viewers of the ABC dating competition. 

During a 2020 appearance on The Bachelorette, Rachel told franchise host Chris Harrison, “I wanted to pave a way for women who look like me who hadn’t been represented in this role on this show. But sometimes I feel like my efforts are in vain because it seems to just be getting so much worse. And I feel like you guys hear us talk about the hate that we receive, but you have no idea what it is.”

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Cole Sprouse Says He Was Arrested During Black Lives Matter Protest

Cole Sprouse Says He Was Arrested During Black Lives Matter Protest

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Cole Sprouse is sharing his experience of protesting after George Floyd‘s death.

On Monday afternoon, the Riverdale star took to Instagram and revealed that he was arrested over the weekend in Santa Monica, Calif. 

“Before the voracious horde of media sensationalism decides to somehow turn it about me, there’s a clear need to speak about the circumstances: Black Lives Matter. Peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest. The media is by nature only going to show the most sensational, which only proves a long standing racist agenda,” Cole explained to his followers. “I was detained when standing in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguard within Santa Monica.”

Cole continued, “We were given the option to leave, and were informed that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested. When many did turn to leave, we found another line of police officers blocking our route, at which point, they started zip tying us.”

E! News has reached out to police for additional details. 

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While sharing his story, the 27-year-old actor pointed his followers to his Instagram Stories where he offered a list of ways to donate and support the Black Lives Movement.

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A group of peaceful protesters, myself included, were arrested yesterday in Santa Monica. So before the voracious horde of media sensationalism decides to somehow turn it about me, there’s a clear need to speak about the circumstances: Black Lives Matter. Peace, riots, looting, are an absolutely legitimate form of protest. the media is by nature only going to show the most sensational, which only proves a long standing racist agenda. I was detained when standing in solidarity, as were many of the final vanguard within Santa Monica. We were given the option to leave, and were informed that if we did not retreat, we would be arrested. When many did turn to leave, we found another line of police officers blocking our route, at which point, they started zip tying us. It needs to be stated that as a straight white man, and a public figure, the institutional consequences of my detainment are nothing in comparison to others within the movement. This is ABSOLUTELY not a narrative about me, and I hope the media doesn’t make it such. This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing. This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally. I hope others in my position do as well. I noticed that there are cameras that roll within the police cruisers during the entirety of our detainment, hope it helps. I’ll speak no more on the subject, as I’m (1) not well versed enough to do so, (2) not the subject of the movement, and (3) uninterested in drawing attention away from the leaders of the #BLM movement. I will be, again, posting the link in my story to a comprehensive document for donations and support.

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“It needs to be stated that as a straight white man, and a public figure, the institutional consequences of my detainment are nothing in comparison to others within the movement. This is ABSOLUTELY not a narrative about me, and I hope the media doesn’t make it such,” Cole explained. “This is, and will be, a time about standing ground near others as a situation escalates, providing educated support, demonstrating and doing the right thing. This is precisely the time to contemplate what it means to stand as an ally. I hope others in my position do as well.”

He continued, “I noticed that there are cameras that roll within the police cruisers during the entirety of our detainment, hope it helps. I’ll speak no more on the subject, as I’m (1) not well versed enough to do so, (2) not the subject of the movement, and (3) uninterested in drawing attention away from the leaders of the #BLM movement. I will be, again, posting the link in my story to a comprehensive document for donations and support.”

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After sharing his story, many of Cole’s followers spoke out in the comments section. 

“Solidarity, Cole. Respect for the well-written message,” Cameron Monaghan wrote. Asha Bromfield added, “Thank you for using your voice and platform, Cole.”

“E! stands in solidarity with the black community against systemic racism and oppression experienced every day in America,” the network said in a statement on May 31. “We owe it to our black staff, talent, production partners and viewers to demand change and accountability. To be silent is to be complicit. #BlackLivesMatter.”

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Lorde Says “White Silence” Is “Damaging” Right Now in Message to Fans After George Floyd’s Death

Lorde Says "White Silence" Is "Damaging" Right Now in Message to Fans After George Floyd’s Death

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In the wake of George Floyd‘s death, Lorde is trying to do her part as an ally. 

According to Billboard, the Grammy-winning songstress issued a message to fans via email over the weekend, in which she condemned police brutality and described her efforts to help fight against it. 

“I’ve been following this week’s events in the States from New Zealand. I also attended the peaceful protest in Auckland today to support the Black Lives Matter movement,” the 23-year-old performer said. 
 
“One of the things I find most frustrating about social media is performative activism, predominantly by white celebrities (like me),” Lorde continued. “It’s hard to strike a balance between self-serving social media displays and true action. But part of being an ally is knowing when to speak and when to listen, and I know that white silence right now is more damaging than someone’s wack protest selfie. So let me be clear: this ongoing systemic brutality by police is racist, it’s sickening, and it’s unsurprising.”

The singer went on to proclaim her support to her listeners who have been affected by this injustice and whose culture has informed her music. 

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“As someone who has made art directly inspired by and in conversation with hip hop, it’s my responsibility to let you know that I’m here,” she wrote. “I extend that sentiment to all my fellow musicians and producers who have tightened a snare to make it more trap, who’ve drawn a pattern of high hats in ProTools because they heard something similar in a hip hop song and it made them feel big and cool. We have a responsibility to let our affected listeners know that we’re with them when it’s hard too, not just when it’s easy. Not just when we benefit. We see you, and we’re here.”

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As the letter continued, Lorde included not only her verbal support, but also her tangible actions. “I’m still learning the nuances of all this. I’m still working out how to practice activism while refraining from social media. Numbers at protests and mass gatherings speak loudly, hopefully lead to eventual legislative change, so I do that,” she wrote. “Money helps concretely, paying things like bail funds to free unjustly held activists, so I do that. I don’t feel completely comfortable posting donation links asking you for money—I don’t know what kind of financial situation you’re in right now. It’s on me to use my resources—resources you gave me, directly or indirectly—to donate on your behalf.”

The performer concluded her email with a message focused on her “black and brown listeners” and a link to a petition calling for the police officers in Floyd’s arrest to be fired and for charges to be filed. “I’m so sorry this is your reality, that you haven’t had a choice but to be defined by this, to give it your energy. I’m aware of that tax on you,” she wrote. “I hope white people you know are doing what they can to ease your load. And I really, really hope systems will change to better protect you.

“Black Lives Matter,” she signed off. “L.”

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Khloe Kardashian Vows to Use Her “Privilege” to Fight for the Black Community

Khloe Kardashian Vows to Use Her "Privilege" to Fight for the Black Community

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Khloe Kardashian isn’t staying silent any longer.

The Good American founder took to social media to pay tribute to George Floyd in light of his death earlier this week, while also addressing racism in America.

“Over the last few days I’ve written and rewritten this so many times. Words feel empty, or somehow not enough, but I can’t sit silently,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star shared in her statement. 

“Like so many of you I am angry, heartbroken and disgusted by the murder of George Floyd,” Khloe’s message began on Instagram. “We have seen this too many times. Black people have been discriminated against, victimized and murdered for too long, and have shown superhuman resiliency in the face of constant adversity.”

“It is incomprehensible to me that it’s 2020 and people continue to restrict, stereotype, damage and oppress people of color, and that racism is a constant reality,” she continued. “It breaks my heart to think about parents having to teach their children how to stay alive.”

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“I continue to pray for equality for all, understanding and love,” she added. “I remain hopeful that together we can get help get justice for George and his family, and every black American who has been murdered, mistreated, abused and ignored.”

Khloe vowed to do her part, especially since she recognizes she’s privileged “in more ways than one.”

“I will use that privilege to fight for you. I will not let George Floyd’s name be forgotten. I will speak up and speak out against discrimination fearlessly and louder than ever before,” she expressed.

Closing her detailed statement, she signed off: “Change MUST happen! Black Lives DO matter! We can, we must, and we will change the future.”

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Khloe isn’t the only celebrity to issue a response over Floyd’s death, which occurred on Monday after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck during his arrest and refused to get off after Floyd stated several times he couldn’t breathe. Meanwhile, three other officers stood by and did nothing. Moments later, Floyd died.

In light of the news and nationwide protests Harry Styles, Vanessa BryantJohn Boyega and so many others have used their platform to share their thoughts on the Black Lives Matter movement, racism in America, white privilege and more.

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Jennifer Lopez

“My beautiful friends,” J.Lo wrote on Instagram, “This is a matter of humanity!!! Of goodness and basic human kindness and decency!!! My heart is breaking. So many people are hurting right now. How can anyone say they love this country and not do something when they see lives cut short because of the color of their skin? We need to erase the fear and hatred that exists. Not erase people. We are all God’s children. We need to love and appreciate all the beautiful things that every individual person is. There are more of us who live a life of love and acceptance than those who live in rage and hate. Do not let the angry, and hateful win!! Say something. Do something. Let’s build bridges not burn them. We have lost our way these past few years but we can find our way back. We need to speak up and speak love. Every chance we get… we need to storm the polls in November and VOTE… we need change!!! Somethings got to change!!”

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Jamie Foxx

The Oscar winner appeared with protesters and former NBA player Stephen Jackson in Minneapolis, where he spoke during a press conference. “We’re not afraid to stand,” he said. We’re not afraid of the moment. And I think what you saw on television, to watch this man plead for his life… as I sit with my two daughters, my nephews who had just come from the grocery store, what it does it overcomplicates everything as a black man trying to tell his son or his daughter how to function in life. Even the things that we’ve taught them don’t seem to work.”

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Oprah Winfrey

“I’ve been trying to process what can be said or heard in this moment,” Oprah wrote on Instagram. “I haven’t been able to get the image of the knee on his neck out of my head. It’s there every morning when I rise and when I go through the ordinary duties of the day. While pouring coffee, lacing my shoes, and taking a breath, I think: He doesn’t get to do this. And now the video from the other angle of two other officers pinning him down. My heart sinks even deeper. His family and friends say he was a gentle giant. His death has now shown us he had a giant soul. If the largeness of a soul is determined by its sphere of influence, George Floyd is a Mighty soul.”

Vanessa Bryant

“My husband wore this shirt years ago and yet here we are again. #ICANTBREATHE,” Vanessa wrote alongside a picture of Kobe Bryant, which was taken in 2014. “Life is so fragile. Life is so unpredictable. Life is too short. Let’s share and embrace the beautiful qualities and similarities we all share as people. Drive out hate. Teach respect and love for all at home and school. Spread LOVE. Fight for change- register to VOTE. Do not use innocent lives lost as an excuse to loot. BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE. #BLACKLIVESMATTER ❤️.”

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Travis Scott

“As I pace around, thinking, trying to find something to ease the pain…,” the rapper wrote on Instagram. “There 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. The rage that we are all feeling is from direct personal experience and the constant pain of wanting our voices to be heard. 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 their power to the point where it callously takes a life. 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 up this morning and helping me figure out ways I can help move this forward. Love. See you all soon!” 

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Beyoncé

“We need justice for George Floyd,” the singer began her moving video message on Instagram. “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 about the racism going on in America right now. No more senseless killings of human beings. No more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away.”

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Harry Styles

“I do things every day without fear, because I am privileged, and I am privileged every day because I am white,” the singer wrote on Instagram, alongside an image that read “Black Lives Matter.” He went on, “Being not racist is not enough, we must be anti racist. Social change is enacted when a society mobilizes. I stand in solidarity with all of those protesting. I’m donating to help post bail for arrested organizers. Look inwards, educate yourself and others. LISTEN, READ, SHARE, DONATE and VOTE. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. BLACK LIVES MATTER.” 

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Elaine Welteroth

“Do not condemn what you do not understand. Do not condemn a people’s response to pain you’ve never had to feel. Do not condemn a fight that you are not a part of. #BlackLivesMatter,” the former Editor in Chief of Teen Vogue wrote in a thread on Twitter. “A war has been waged on Black life in America. And it’s been building over time right in front of our eyes. Now that we’ve reached a tipping point, a different kind of #TimesUp movement is underway that is calling white and non-Black people into ACTION to save Black lives.” 

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Victor Cruz

“I had the most difficult conversation with my daughter about the color of her skin last night,” the E! star wrote on Instagram. “How there are people in this world that will dislike you solely because of your race and background. Without ever knowing your story or struggles. Could tell she was a bit confused at first but she nodded in agreement right before falling asleep. I nodded in sadness as she slept. This is America.”

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Lizzo

“Protest is not the end of progress, it is the beginning,” the singer wrote on Instagram. “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.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow

“If you feel compelled to comment ‘all lives matter’ in response to this post and you’re not a bot (which you probably are), nor an agent provocateur trying to create instability and division in our country, you might want to consider that you are reacting from a blind spot of white privilege,” the actress shared on Instagram. “Saying ‘all lives matter’ is a denial of how dangerous it is to simply live as a black person in America. “All lives” do not live in fear of getting killed simply because of the color of their skin.”

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Kevin Hart

“You can’t ask for peace if your not willing to give JUSTICE….people want JUSTICE. It’s that simple….Throw all of those cops in jail NOOOOOWWW. That’s taking action….Point blank!!!! This is what we want to see…..JUSTICE,” the comedian shared on Twitter

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Tracee Ellis Ross

“There are so many feelings surging around in my head and my heart right now. Like all of us, I am grieving and heartbroken, sad, outraged and trying to take right action,” the actress shared on Instagram, urging her followers to donate to the Black Lives Matter movement. “I recognize the power of my platform, but also the limits of my knowledge so I am mindful of what I say, how I speak and what I post. I always want to be helpful, effective and supportive, if I can be. What is clear is that systems and hearts must change. I want justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and so many others and for that to happen, we must all take part. Diversity of approach, thought and resources is what I believe is required in these difficult, scary and hard times. Everyone must show up in their own most effective way. I am finding mine. As always, I love us. I love my people. I know our beauty and our power and I want us to be safe, I want our bodies to be safe and I want us to be free and to be treated with the dignity that we deserve. Please donate to @blklivesmatter. Their link is in my bio.”

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Jessica Biel

“The past few weeks have been heartbreaking… mostly because the racism and blatant injustices we’ve seen lately have happened many times before,” the actress wrote on Instagram. “We have allowed inequality to be part of America for too long – and it has NEVER been acceptable. As allies, we have to do more. While the obvious and understandable reaction is to be angry, and to fight back with hate – we also need to remember we are most powerful together. Please speak up. We want EVERYONE to live freely and peacefully. This hatred we are seeing is a result of a deep systemic problem, but we are not powerless. Link in my bio for ways to hold local prosecutors and elected officials accountable.”

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Lebron James

Captioning a split photo of Floyd being pinned to the ground and Colin Kaepernick kneeling in protest with the caption, “This…Is Why,” the NBA star wrote, “Do you understand NOW!!??!!?? Or is it still blurred to you??”

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Khloe Kardashian

“Like so many of you I am angry, heartbroken and disgusted by the murder of George Floyd,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star shared. “We have seen this too many times. Black people have been discriminated against, victimized and murdered for too long, and have shown superhuman resiliency in the face of constant adversity.”

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Celine Dion

“It’s hard to find the words…” the singer wrote in a statement on Instagram. “The tragedy, the injustice breaks my heart. I can’t even begin to imagine what George Floyd’s family is going through. As so many have already said, it’s not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist. Change is long overdue. Racism and brutality must end. It’s everyone’s problem, everyone’s fight. And I pray that together we can find peace.”

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Rihanna

“For the last few days, the magnitude of devastation, anger, sadness I’ve felt has been overwhelming to say the least! Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart!” she wrote on Instagram, alongside a photo of George Floyd. “To the point of staying away from socials, just to avoid hearing the blood curdling agony in George Floyd’s voice again, begging over and over for his life!!! The look of enticement, the pure joy and climax on the face of this bigot, murderer, thug, pig, bum, Derek Chauvin, haunts me!! I can’t shake this! I can’t get over an ambulance pulling up to an arrest, a paramedic checking a pulse without removing the very thing that’s hindering it! Is this that fucking normal??? If intentional MURDER is the fit consequence for “drugs” or “resisting arrest”….then what’s the fit consequence for MURDER???! #GeorgeFloyd #AhmaudArbery #BreonnaTaylor.”

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Peter Weber

“In today’s day and age, it is so sad that racism is still an issue. What happened to George Floyd is unacceptable and anyone that was involved in taking his life needs to be held accountable. We need to do better. The pain that is being felt across the nation breaks my heart. I believe the best way we can honor George Floyd’s memory is through peaceful protesting to help create the change we need. I pray we can all come together in a trying time like this and not become more divided,” The Bachelor star shared on Instagram.

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Kesha

“I never felt like it was my place to comment on the issue of racist police brutality, and that is part of the problem. What is happening in this country right now is horrific,” the singer wrote. “The murder of black people, because they are black, by law enforcement, or anyone else is a tragedy every time. I have never had to fear because of the color or my skin, and I know that’s something I will never understand. That’s white privilege.”

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Lady Gaga

“Right now is a critical time for the black community to be supported by all other communities so we can put a stop to something that is intrinsically wrong by the grace of God or whatever creator you do or do not believe in,” she shared. “I urge people to speak gently to each other, speak with passion, inspiration, and impress the importance of this issue until the systems that keep us sick die, instead of people we love.”

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Dwyane "The Rock" Johnson

“Past few days I’ve been stunned trying make sense of George Floyd’s death. The video. The plea for breath. The callous response. The racism. The killing. This is our ongoing disease. I’ve had cops in my family. Good men,” he wrote on Instagram in a lengthy post. “And there’s a cop code, granting you the authority to use force if your life is in danger. But when a man is handcuffed, on the ground, no longer a threat, with your brothers in arms standing around watching and he struggles to say, “please I can’t breathe” when your knee is on his neck.. not his back, but his neck – cutting off his air. Cop code must become moral code. Ethics code. HUMANITY code. Knowing that if you don’t ease up, then that man is going to die. So when you decide to not ease up, your intention is to kill. And that’s what this was. George Floyd, said “officer I can’t breathe” as he struggled for air. He said these words a total of 15 times. Not once. Not twice. 15 times. These officers will be charged, I’m positive of that. Held accountable. But then where’s the greater accountability? The leadership to healing. More importantly, the leadership to EQUALITY. We ultimately win when we can normalize equality. I’m so sorry to the Floyd family. My heart breaks for you. Let the process begin now. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #NormalizeEquality.” 

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Janelle Monáe

“When will the majority of protests & outrage be led by white people & police officers everywhere? These are your people killing us. Why are OUR voices & outrage LOUDER THAN YOURS during these times? WE DIDN’T DO THIS. I’m tired of US HAVING TO DO THE WORK YOU SHOULD BE DOING,” the singer expressed on Twitter.

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Jennifer Aniston

“This week has been heartbreaking for so many reasons,” the actress wrote alongside a video of the late James Baldwin on Instagram. “We need to acknowledge that the racism and brutality in this country has been going on for a long time – and it’s NEVER been okay. As allies, who want equality and peace, it’s our responsibility to make noise, to demand justice, to educate ourselves on these issues, and more than anything, to spread love. How much more time are we willing to let pass without change? HOW MUCH MORE TIME? Text FLOYD to 55156 and sign the @colorofchange petition to have all four of the officers who killed #GeorgeFloyd arrested.” 

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Lena Waithe

“Being Black In America Should Not Be A Death Sentence. I’m tired of typing ‘Rest in Peace,’ I wish BLACK people could live in peace,” the star wrote on Instagram.

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Post Malone

“A platform is a terrible thing to waste, especially in times of heartache in our country and the entire world, and especially when someone has the ability to speak out,” the hip-hop star shared in a statement on Instagram. “Over the past few months I have been trying to distance myself from social media for my mental health, and by doing this and letting others have more control over posts on my pages. That being said, I see frustrations over the blatant [misuse] of my social media. Especially, when I have a voice to speak loudly, and so far have not. I would like to apologize for that. I watched the video, and when I saw it, my heart sank into my stomach. I am so appalled and so heartbroken. I cannot believe in this day violence like that is so commonplace and still happening.”

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Cardi B

“Enough is enough! What will it take ? A civil war ? A new president? Violent riots ? It’s tired ! I’m tired ! The country is tired !You don’t put fear in people when you do this you just show how coward YOU ARE ! And how America is really not the land of the free,” the rapper shared on Instagram

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Reese Witherspoon

Last night at dinner, my 7-year-old asked why all the grown ups were so upset. We spoke to him about what happened to George Floyd. Being a white mother trying to explain racism and bigotry to her white son, who did not understand why anyone would treat another human being that way, was heartbreaking,” the actress shared on Instagram. “But not nearly as heartbreaking as being a victim of one of these senseless, violent, unconscionable crimes. Not nearly as heartbreaking as being one of the families who have experienced loss and harassment and discrimination daily. Not nearly as heartbreaking as being a mother who lives in fear of what will happen to her children in this world. I grew up going to church. We were taught that we were all the same in the eyes of God. We all breathe the same air. We all bleed the same blood. But that is not what I grew up seeing. It was as hard for me to reconcile the difference between what I was taught in church and what I see in the world. I don’t want that for my kids. Or for yours. We have to be held accountable for what is happening in this country. What happened to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery – and countless others – can not go without justice. Please talk to your children about racism, privilege, bigotry and hate. If you aren’t talking to them, someone else is.”

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Steph Curry

“GEORGE FLOYD. If this image doesn’t disturb you and piss you off, then idk,” the NBA star shared on Instagram. “I’ve seen a lot of people speak up and try to articulate how fed up and angry they are. All good and well but it’s the same same same reality we live in. George Floyd. George Floyd. George has a family. George didn’t deserve to die. George pleaded for help and was just straight up ignored, which speaks loud and clear that his black life didn’t matter. George was murdered. George wasn’t human to that cop that slowly and purposefully took his life away. #georgefloyd.”

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Viola Davis

“This is what it means to be Black in America. Tried. Convicted. Killed for being Black,” the actress wrote on Twitter. “We are dictated by hundreds of years of policies that have restricted our very existence and still have to continue to face modern day lynchings. Here’s the thing……America will never be great until we can figure out a way for it to work for EVERYBODY!!! ‘I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued’……. RIP George Floyd.”

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Kylie Jenner

“since watching the most devastating and completely heartbreaking video showing the murder of George Floyd earlier this week I haven’t been able to get his face and his words out of my mind,” Jenner wrote on Instagram, alongside a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. “i’ll never personally experience the pain and fear that many black people around the country go through every day but i know nobody should have to live in fear and nobody deserves a death like George Floyd and too many others. speaking up is long overdue for the rest of us. we’re currently dealing with two horrific pandemics in our country, and we can’t sit back and ignore the fact that racism is one of them. i fear for my daughter and i hope for a better future for her. my heart breaks for George Floyd’s family and friends. Don’t let his name be forgotten. keep sharing, keep watching, keep speaking out, because it’s the only way we can come together to help bring this much needed change and awareness. Rest In Peace, George Floyd.”

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Mandy Moore

“George Floyd was killed at the hands of 4 officers in Minneapolis on Monday. The video is abhorrent. He should be alive. Getting killed by the police is the 6th leading cause of death of young black men in this country,” the actress expressed on Instagram. “White friends: We can’t let our discomfort, ego, or belief that this work doesn’t include us, prevent us from acknowledging our privilege and that we have the burden of dismantling white supremacy. We do. We can not be complacent. We can not be silent. We need to have this conversation with our families and friend and coworkers. Let’s turn outrage into action.”

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Taylor Swift

“After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump,” the singer wrote on Twitter after Donald Trump slammed protests across the nation.

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Shawn Mendes

“I feel sick to my stomach,” the singer wrote in a statement on Instagram this weekend. “Hearing the sound of his voice crying for help is bone chilling and it f–king breaks my heart I’m so sorry this injustice keeps happening… As a white person, I not only recognize that this is a problem but that I am part of the problem. It’s time for ALL humans to demand change. This needs to be EVERYONES fight. We need to start to really listen to & help amplify black voices. To make their struggles known and to reject racism.”

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Kelly Rowland

“You can not fight hate with hate, And I’m tired of being angry…..,” the singer said on Instagram. “I just don’t get it.”

 

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Selena Gomez

“I have spent the last 24 hours just trying to process this all,” the singer wrote on Instagram. “Nothing anyone says can take back what has happened. But we can and must all make sure to take action. Too many black lives have been taken from us for far too long. They deserve better. They deserve to be heard. We all need to do better and not sit in silence as this injustice continues. #blacklivesmatter #justiceforgeorgefloyd #icantbreathe.”

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Justin Bieber

“THIS MUST STOP,” Bieber wrote on social media. “This makes me absolutely sick. This makes me angry this man DIED. This makes me sad. Racism is evil We need to use our voice! Please people. I’m sorry GEORGE FLOYD.”

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Ava DuVernay

“You deserved your breath, your dignity, your life,” the director expressed on Twitter. “Not to die in the street, murdered by a white cop’s knee on your neck. You deserve our tears, our prayers, our rage, our action. We must act – for you – and for all of those were no cameras are present. We must. #GeorgeFloyd.”

 

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Billie Eilish

“We have to address hundreds of years of oppression of black people,” the singer wrote in the lengthy Instagram statement slamming the All Lives Matter movement and calling out white privilege. “The slogan of #BlackLivesMatter does not mean other lives don’t. It’s calling attention to the fact that society clearly thinks black lives don’t f-cking matter. And they f-cking do. It means Black. Lives. F-cking. Matter. Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter. Say it again. #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd.”

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Penn Badgley

“I am speaking solely to white people. Especially the loud ones—bc I hear you. And most of all, to myself,” the actor wrote on Instagram. “We can’t *not* have internalized the racism of our society. Are there other white people we deem “the problem”? I think, the rest of the human family cannot endure our impatience with each other any longer. We have to listen, learn and teach each other. This doesn’t mean social change amounts to emotional work, but it does start there when you wake up, and end there when you go to sleep. Everyday. This is part of what sustains constructive, lasting social change. #justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter.” 

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Ciara

“My heart can’t take it, seeing what’s happened to #GeorgeFloyd,” the singer tweeted. “This is eerily similar to the death of #EricGarner. There has to be a stopping point in the process of arresting someone. It’s all senseless.”

 

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Kim Kardashian

“For years, with every horrific murder of an innocent black man, woman, or child, I have always tried to find the right words to express my condolences and outrage, but the privilege I am afforded by the color of my skin has often left me feeling like this is not a fight that I can truly take on my own. Not today, not anymore,” the E! reality star wrote on social media.

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Justine Skye

“Woke up this morning in tears feeling defeated,” the singer shared on Instagram. “Feeling the sadness in the air from all my brothers and sisters fighting for justice, fighting to be heard, fighting for our lives. It’s overbearing that yet again we had to see one of us die at the hands of police brutality/racism. Watching this play out, I’m scared that we will yet again be disappointed and praying that these cops will get EXACTLY what they deserve. This has to end and we will be seen and HEARD.”

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Bella Hadid

“Rest in Peace #GeorgeFloyd. this has got to stop. it’s hard to watch a video so foul. It’s hard to think that this is still happening,” the model began her in-depth post on Instagram. “But it is reality. And These police officer need to be accountable to the maximum degree for their obviously disgusting and horrific actions. I feel so sick, sad and sorry for George Floyd and his family. There is nothing anybody could say to me that makes this encounter even remotely ok,” she continued. “He was a peace activist and a man of respect and promise. There is no reason for anyone to be handled like that especially someone that is so unaggressive. Please spread this message.”

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Gigi Hadid

“Enraged. Sickened. Heartbroken. But never surprised. This happens way too often – and the videos that go viral are not isolated events,” the model wrote on Instagram. “It seems that only when caught on camera are bigots & MURDERERS even getting “investigated” or fired .. unfortunately, the only way things will start changing is if all these racist, ignorant, monsters (badge &/or not) have to face the consequences- behind bars. && it’s not only an issue with black men being killed by cops … it’s an issue every time we see them being treated, in even non-violent situations, VERY CLEARLY differently than many very-high-risk incidents involving white men; it’s an issue that the President is making dangerous public statements about enforcing the shooting of protesters -rightfully angered by another UNNEEDED KILLING of another black person & DEMANDING JUSTICE WHERE IT IS 100% NEEDED…”

 

 

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Eva Longoria

“Why?!!!!!!! My heart hurts every time I read the news! When will this stop?? Please help our country regain its humanity! We are all humans who deserve to be protected,” the actress wrote on social media. “Not killed. Please don’t write any stupid comments. If you are not outraged by this, then unfollow me.”

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Adam Lambert

“#blacklivesmatter #policebrutality I’m scanning through the comments on this post and am appalled by the handful of ignorant, right wing, tone deaf comments that snowball into negative arguments,” the American Idol alum shared on Instagram. “It’s one thing to have an opinion, but there are a few of you that are no longer welcome on my feed. To be clear: I’m not supporting violence and destruction i am supporting the right to be enraged… to refuse to bow down. When it comes to matters of human rights, I refuse to support any opposition. Anyone that responds to BLACK LIVES MATTER w “All lives matter” is an asshole. You should know why that’s problematic by now. If you don’t, quit looking at my posts and educate yourself.”

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Demi Lovato

“This is not okay. And it will not stop until everyone does their part. Especially white people. I said it recently and I’ll say it again, do not let your discomfort surrounding social issues prevent you from speaking up for those IN DANGER. And reality is, until this STOPS COMPLETELY – THE BLACK COMMUNITY WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE IN DANGER,” the pop star wrote on social media. “DO YOUR PART. THIS INVOLVES YOU TOO. #GeorgeFloyd, I hope you RIP because it isn’t fair so many didn’t do their part to ensure you lived in peace.” 

 

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Michael Jordan Sends Support to Protestors: ”We Have Had Enough”

Michael Jordan Sends Support to Protestors: ”We Have Had Enough”

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Michael Jordan is extending his support to the protestors taking to the streets across the country in response to the death of George Floyd

In a statement posted on his social media, the former basketball player began: “I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry. 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.”

The 57-year-old went on to express that while he doesn’t have “the answers,” he believes in the power of being vocal. 

“Our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others,” the statement continued. “We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality.” 

Jordan added that “we need to continue peaceful expressions against injustice and demand accountability.” 

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“Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systemic change,” Jordan expressed. “Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all.” 

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Jordan joins a growing list of stars such as Ariana GrandeChrissy TeigenLady GagaKevin HartTravis ScottHarry StylesLeBron James and Insecure actor Kendrick Sampson who have spoken up about Floyd’s death and shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. 

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He concluded his statement by sending his condolences to Floyd’s family.

“My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and to the countless others whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through acts of racism and injustice.” 

Read his full statement here

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E! “Stands In Solidarity” With the Black Community: “To Be Silent Is To Be Complicit”

E! "Stands In Solidarity" With the Black Community: "To Be Silent Is To Be Complicit"

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Following the death of George Floyd on May 25, citizens across the nation have gathered together to call for justice at protests, rallies and vigils.

“E! stands in solidarity with the black community against systemic racism and oppression experienced every day in America,” the network said in a statement on May 31. “We owe it to our black staff, talent, production partners and viewers to demand change and accountability. To be silent is to be complicit. #BlackLivesMatter.”

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Project Runway’s Elaine Welteroth Asks People to ”Not Condemn What You Do Not Understand”

Project Runway‘s Elaine Welteroth Asks People to ”Not Condemn What You Do Not Understand”

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Project Runway judge Elaine Welteroth is asking people to “not condemn what you do not understand” as protestors continue to take to the streets in response to the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police Department.

“Do not condemn what you do not understand,” she began her Twitter thread on Sunday. “Do not condemn a people’s response to pain you’ve never had to feel. Do not condemn a fight that you are not a part of.”

Welteroth, who was formerly the Editor-In-Chief of Teen Vogue, continued, “The question right now is not whether or not you or I condone violence and mayhem. The question to ask is what you and I have done to actively prevent this outcome?” 

The television host continued to express her frustration. “A war has been waged on Black life in America,” she wrote. “And it’s been building over time right in front of our eyes. Now that we’ve reached a tipping point, a different kind of #TimesUp movement is underway that is calling white and non-Black people into ACTION to save Black lives.”

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She added that the Black community is “demanding that our white and non-Black colleagues, friends, and neighbors step up, speak up, and join the FIGHT WITH US.”

Following the death of Floyd on May 25, stars like Harry StylesJessica BielCéline DionAriana GrandeMelissa BeniostJennifer Aniston and Welteroth among others have expressed their support.

“If you are still unsure what part to play in times of protest, try NOT appointing yourself judge of a people whose constant pain you’ve had the privilege to ignore,” the More Than Enough author continued. “Until you have actively and consistently objected the oppressor, you cannot righteously object the outcry of the oppressed. Until you have survived generations of inequality without relief or retribution, you may not lead the conversation on what an appropriate response to inequality looks like. Until your son/husband/dad has been brutalized by an authority you pay for his protection. Until you’ve watched a cop car ram into a crowd that includes your child. Until you’ve fought alongside them fruitlessly, you may not offer critique from anywhere other than the battle lines.” 

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“We are at an inflection point in our country. What you say and do in this moment will be remembered as a reflection of the value you place on human life,” the Project Runway star wrote. “Let the energy and focus of your fight be directed at a system that’s enabled terrorism against Black people on our soil for generations.”

She concluded her thread by stressing the “desperate” need for change, adding that it’s “everyone’s job to strive to first understand the depths of that desperation in order to understand that the change we all demand WILL come at a COST.”

“It already has,” Welteroth wrote. “But be clear, the cost will never be equal to the cumulative toll on Black lives, Black families, Black safety (physical and psychological) and the ongoing fight for Black economic equality. #BlackLivesMatter.”

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Other celebrities including Real Housewives of Atlanta Porsha WilliamsJamie FoxxNick CannonParis Jackson,Timothée ChalametHalseyJ. ColeMichael B. Jordanand Orange Is the New Black’s Matt McGorry gathered at protests, rallies and vigils in Atlanta, Los Angeles and Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

“E! stands in solidarity with the black community against systemic racism and oppression experienced every day in America,” the network said in a statement on May 31. “We owe it to our black staff, talent, production partners and viewers to demand change and accountability. To be silent is to be complicit. #BlackLivesMatter.”

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