As the outrage surrounding George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter protests continue, more celebrities are coming forward to express their horror at the current state of events. Ariana Grande joined protestors, while Halsey shared her experiences with treating injured protestors on the frontline. Now, following suit, Lizzo is speaking out about the recent injustices against protestors and calling for it to stop.
“This is the most outrage I’ve seen as a country and that is starting to give me the first semblance of hope that I’ve had in a long time,” Lizzo told her followers on an Instagram Live session this past Sunday. “I really do believe in the good in people and maybe that makes me naive, but I’ve seen Minneapolis rise up and do incredible things and this isn’t the first time,” adding that the protestors “didn’t ask for any of this—all they asked for was justice.”
She continued, “I am just one person and this is just one person’s thoughts, one person’s point of view, and you watching, you’re just one person, but what we do when we actually come together for each other is what the future of this country is all about. It definitely ain’t about the past.”
In a separate Instagram post, Lizzo shared some daily reminders to her Black and white followers about how they can navigate the current climate in the best way possible, and had one final word about the protests.
“Protest is the beginning of progress, not the end of it. And now that the protesters have everyone’s attention, what are the next steps we’re going to take to make sure we’re actually moving forward and we don’t go back to this bullsh*t? Now is the time,” she said. “The world is standing still and waiting for action. Let’s make progress.”
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Protest is not the end of progress, it is the beginning. 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. #blacklivesmatter
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.