From Rolling Out
Lizzo broke down into floods of tears as she vented about “the real story not being told fully” amid the protests against racism.
Since the death of unarmed Black man George Floyd in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, last week, protests have broken out across the globe.
Policeman Derek Chauvin was shown in footage kneeling on the 46-year-old man’s neck, and the officer has since been arrested on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter and sacked from the force.
And the “Truth Hurts” hitmaker — who has lived in Minneapolis — is among many celebrities using their platform to call out the injustice, and she has demanded the full picture to be told as she shared information from people actually living in the state of Minnesota.
On an Instagram Live, she began: “What they just told me is at this point all the violence, the majority of the violence that’s happening in that city is coming from the KKK and the heavily militarized police.
“There are people coming from the South, there are White supremacist terrorist groups coming from the South, patrolling the streets, shooting people.
“Follow some people in Minneapolis.
“‘Cause the real story is not being told fully.”
The “Scuse Me” singer insisted that all people of color want is to be treated equally.
In tears, she said: “It’s never Black people, it’s always White people using the term ‘race war’ … We don’t want that s—.
“We want what we’ve always wanted from the beginning of being in this f—ing country, the same right that all these other people have. It’s not this difficult.”
After taking a moment, she said: “I’ve been trying to stay composed this entire time. I’m really working on it this entire time. Let me just gather myself…
“It’s not that hard to see. The people that don’t see it don’t want to see it.
“I don’t have sympathy for people who don’t see it anymore.
“Black people are tired. We are so tired.”
The 32-year-old singer fumed that she is fed up of feeling her life is at “danger” because of “police who don’t value” her and the “White supremacist groups” who are shooting at and plowing into protesters with their cars.
Lizzo also insisted that the problem lies in “racism running through the veins” of America.
She continued: “I’m tired of putting myself in danger.
“It’s not danger from the protesters, [it’s] danger from the police who don’t value me.
“Danger of the white supremacist groups who are shooting at people, who are running people over with their cars. How do we not see where the issue is?
“Why is everyone being so — in the media — political?
“This isn’t a political issue. The issue is in politics, but it’s not a political issue. It’s so much deeper than politics. It’s in the veins of this country … there is racism running through its veins.”
Elsewhere, Lizzo spoke out on the Black Lives Matter campaign and said anyone using the term “all lives matter” is part of the problem.
She explained: “If you believe that ‘all lives matter,’ then where is your outrage for Black lives?
“To me, ‘all lives matter’ … ‘all lives matter’ is fake equality and full-on anti-Blackness.
“I still love my Blackness. I still love your Blackness.
“I still believe that everybody’s life matters.
“But until we start treating each life equally and respecting each life equally, we gotta say Black Lives Matter.
“I hope that everybody can just really see this s— for what it is.
“Open your mind, open your heart, listen, believe … When you see that vandalism, when you see that senseless violence, know that that ain’t us.”
She ended the lengthy Live by warning those out on the streets partaking in mass protests to stay safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.
She concluded: “Wear a mask, wear some gloves, wear some goggles. We’re still in a pandemic.”
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