Billie Eilish, Flea, The 1975 And More Speak Out Against Racism

By Katrina Nattress

May 30, 2020

Celebrities from all walks of life have been expressing their outrage after George Floyd, an unarmed black man, was killed by a police officer earlier this week in Minneapolis. John Boyega called out "racist" fans, and Rihanna demanded justice. Artists in the rock community also took to social media to speak out against racism.

Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea shared a powerful spoken word video, Billie Eilish wrote a fiery message to fans, educating them about white privilege and Black Lives Matter, and The 1975's Matty Healy encouraged fans to sign a Justice for George Floyd petition.

"You are privileged whether you like it or not. Society gives you privilege just for being white. You can be poor, you can be struggling.. and still you skin color is giving you more privilege than you even realize," Eilish wrote in her lengthy note. "&nobody [sic] is saying that makes you better than anyone. It just lets you live your life without having to worry about surviving simply because of your skin color!! You are privileged!!"

"If you truly believe that all lives matter then stop facilitating the end of black ones. We need to stand up," Healy captioned a screenshot of the petition.

See Flea, Eilish, Healy, and other artists' posts about Floyd below.

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#justiceforgeorgefloyd #blacklivesmatter

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“Liberate Minnesota”-Donald Trump #OnIt!

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🗣 there are many, many ways to be a good ally to our friends/family/neighbors of color... there are unfortunately, just as many ways to be racist. those of us who have undeniable privilege, whether born into it or not, MUST educate ourselves - listen with humility and soft hearts... stay attuned to the big and seemingly small ways that prejudice creeps into our systems.... speak up for friends who can’t... get a little uncomfortable for the folks who have already lived a lifetime of discomfort.... be willing to be wrong and change our perspectives. an instagram post doesn’t really amount to much. yet, it might be the tiniest way to show someone where you stand on matters important to you. it starts with individual people standing for something much bigger than themselves. justice for all. rest in peace George Floyd and the countless others who would be alive today, if not for a system rigged against them. i will not be allowing comments on this post. it would feel stupid to get cheered on for it and it would feel absolutely maddening to be hated for it. sending love to yall today.

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