Celebrities call for justice in the wake of George Floyd's death
Barack Obama, Beyonce, Oprah and Jamie Foxx have joined a growing list of celebrities and public figures to call for justice in the wake of George Floyd's death.
West Coast Eagles star Nic Naitanui is fed up with people on social media responding to posts regarding the Black Lives Matter movement by saying “All Lives Matter”.
People across the world have come together to protest racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers last week.
Floyd died on May 25 when former officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck for more than eight minutes despite continually telling officers he couldn’t breathe. Chauvin has since been charged with murder and manslaughter.
His death has led to an outpouring of emotion and seen protests break out not only across America, but in other parts of the world.
But as people on social media continue to get behind the Black Lives Matter movement, the comments in response of “all” and “white” lives matter have stacked up.
Naitanui, like many others, had seen enough and decided to put those using the response in their place with a perfect analogy.
“All love from my end but “Saying all lives matter is like going to a cancer fundraiser and saying there are other diseases” yes every life matters and is of equal importance/significance but right now we are highlighting black lives. That’s just my opinion as a black man,” he tweeted.
All love from my end but “Saying all lives matter is like going to a cancer fundraiser and saying there are other diseases” yes every life matters and is of equal importance/significance but right now we are highlighting black lives.That’s just my opinion as a black man ?? #blm— Nic Naitanui (@NicNat) June 2, 2020
Gold Coast Suns star forward Aaron Hall joined the ‘Blackout Tuesday’ campaign on Instagram by uploading a black square which contained the phrase: “Muted. Not Silent”.
He captioned the image “Please listen, learn and understand – blacklivesmatter #blackouttuesday”
However not long after sharing the post, one user decided to chime in with the comment: “white lives matter as well, Aaron”.
The Indigenous star replied to the user with a lengthy comment where he explained why his reply was way off the mark.
“You are not hearing the cry of black people or you don’t care,” Hall said.
“You are a part of the privileged community that hasn’t suffered from racism, and because it’s not about you, you’re insecure and you choose to make a statement that makes it about you.
“My father is white and I am treated different to him. Let that sink in. I don’t want my children to deal with that. Join the fight to eradicate racism because all lives matter, but right now that’s not the case due to people’s skin colour.”
Sydney Swans superstar highlighted the atroticities gripping America also exist on our own soil with multiple uploads.
“Justice for all. What’s happening in the US is happening on our own soil and all around the world,”he wrote.
“Thoughts and prayers are with George Floyd’s family and all affected by this tragedy and the tragedies before his murder.”
The AFL also joined in on the movement with a telling upload of Indigenous star Bradley Hill standing wrapped in the Aboriginal flag with the caption: “It’s not blacks versus whites – it’s everyone versus racism”.