Adele praised for speaking out about George Floyd and saying 'racism is alive and well everywhere'

James Besanvalle
Tuesday 02 June 2020 07:45
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Adele has thrown her support behind the Black Lives Matter movement after the tragic death of George Floyd on 25 May.

The singer popped over to Instagram on Monday evening to post a picture of George Floyd and call out ‘systemic racism’, police violence and inequality.

Imploring everyone not to get ‘disheartened, hijacked or manipulated’ amid global protests, Adele said the pervasiveness of racism is not just in America, it’s "alive and well everywhere".

Immediately, comments and likes rolled in to support the British singer’s sentiment.

One person replied:

Thank you queen for speaking about this! I love you so much! We will fight together. We will fight for justice.

While another remarked:

Exactly! Well said! I'm still trying to understand how this world works, it's sad... Everybody should raise their voices as you did! This world must change in many ways!

Floyd, who was unarmed during the time of his arrest last week, was pinned to the ground by a white officer who had his knee on the man’s neck.

In a viral video, Floyd can be heard pleading with the police officer and telling him that he can’t breathe, to which the police officer told him to “relax”.

Bystanders in the video can be heard telling the police to stop pinning Floyd to the ground, who eventually stopped moving. He died a short while later at a medical facility.

An independent autopsy yesterday confirmed George Floyd’s death was a homicide.

The police officer, Derek Chauvin, was fired from the police department and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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