Beyoncé is the latest star to speak out in the wake of George Floyd’s death. In a video posted on Instagram yesterday, she encourages everyone to sign the Justice For George Floyd petition, which Forbes reports is the most popular change.org petition ever in the US. (It looks like it will reach its goal of 7,500,000 signatures momentarily.)
“If you want to demand more charges brought on all those involved in the death of George Floyd, click the link in my bio to sign the petition,” Beyoncé writes in the caption. In the accompanying video, she speaks while Miles Davis’ “So What” plays softly in the background:
We need justice for George Floyd. 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. 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. There have been too many times that we’ve seen these violent killings and no consequences. Yes, someone’s been charged but justice is far from being achieved. Please sign the petition and continue to pray for peace, compassion, and healing for our country. Thank you so much.
The four officers involved in George Floyd’s death have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department. Derek Chauvin, the cop who knelt on Floyd’s neck, was arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.