ALLIES “PULL UP!!”
In February of 2020, Rhianna presented a speech titled “Pull Up” at the NAACP Award Show. The speech was about not letting divisions kick in when it comes to social issues because it is our problem, so when the time is right, allies need to “pull up.” At some point, there comes a time when silence is a betrayal.
On May 8th, 2020, allies “pulled up” for the protest to find justice for Ahmaud Arbery. The New York Times clarified that on February 23, Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man, was killed while jogging in a shooting that took place in Satilla Shores by two white men.
On May 12th, 2020, Insider published an article titled “Louisville police conducting a drug bust charged into Breonna Taylor’s house and shot her 8 times. Her family says they were at the wrong address.”
On May 27th, 2020, CBS News reported, “A video taken by an onlooker Monday evening shows a Minneapolis police officer keeping his knee on the neck of a motionless, moaning man at the foot of a squad car.” George Floyd repeatedly told the officers, “I can’t breathe,” and cold-heartedly, the officer kept his knee on his neck, suffocating the black man who later died.
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Racial injustice has always been an ongoing problem in our society, from Trayvon Martin to Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and recently George Floyd.
With social media, it doesn’t take much to start a movement, especially in this pandemic when most people are at home. According to The Guardian, on Friday, May 8th, which would have been the day Ahmaud Arbery turned 26, many runners around the world ran 2.23 miles with #IRunWithMaud trending on social media.
Additionally, social media users made #Justiceforbreonnataylor, #breonnataylor, #sayhername, #justiceforahmaud, #ahmaudarbery, #IRunWithMaud, #Justiceforgeorgefloyd, #georgefloyd, #Icantbreathe, and #Sayhisname trend over social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Some of our favorite non-black celebrity allies “pulled up” against racial injustices publicly on their social platforms to support Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd.
Many non-black celebrity allies publicly speak out about racial injustice like Ellen DeGeneres, Demi Lovato, Kim Kardashian, Billie Eilish, and Taylor Swift. After the President called protestors in the Minneapolis riot “thugs,” Swift tweeted out “After stoking the fires of white supremacy and racism your entire presidency, you have the nerve to feign moral superiority before threatening violence? ‘When the looting starts the shooting starts’??? We will vote you out in November. @realdonaldtrump.”
The legend who created six albums about police brutality, Ice Cube tweeted, “I apologize to everyone expecting to see me on Good Morning America today, but after the events in Minnesota George Floyd’s I’m in no mood to tell America, good morning.”
There are two kinds of evil people: The people who do evil, and the people who silently watch evil being done. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Don’t be silent about the racial injustice in our society. Follow the example of these celebrities and pull up. Enough’s enough.