Silence is the New Form of Oppression – Celebrities Make A Tough Stand for Minneapolis Protests

by Montana Fleming

Michael Jordan has become the latest celeb to extend his support publicly for the ongoing Minneapolis protests. In a statement posted on his social media handle Jordan quotes: “I am deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry. I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage, and frustration. I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”

Jordan joins a growing list of stars from Ariana Grande, Chrissy Teagan, Lady Gaga, Kevin Hart, Travis Scott, Harry Styles and Lebron James. Many celebs did not mince their words as Mr. Jordan, with some even calling out the murder of George Floyd as a state sponsored racial killing.

Jordan concludes his statement as: “My heart goes out to the family of George Floyd and to the countless others whose lives have been brutally and senselessly taken through acts of racism and injustice.” Jordan even goes on to say that he does not have the answer as to what happens next, however, he believes in the power of being vocal.

Many celebrities have stepped up to donate for the legal fees as protestors have been locked up without cause. Brutal videos showing cops and riot police using excessive force on unarmed protests have been shared by many.

Not only celebs have came forwards, as the untimely death of the young man has bought the entire entertainment sector together. Google, Netflix, Twitter, and Instagram issued a statement showing solidarity with Google making aesthetic changes to their search engine for a day. Gaming leader Naughty Dog issued a statement urging the public to donate as they rung the bell themselves. Even Amazon and the NFL issued similar statements voicing their concerns and showing solidarity.

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