Lewis Hamilton on racial injustice: "I am completely overcome with rage"

03 Juin, 2020, 21:52 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • Mercedes: We 'stand with' Lewis and 'condemn every form of discrimination'

The six-time Formula One world champion called on the "biggest stars" of his sport who "stay silent in the midst of injustice", and said in a separate post that he "do [es] not stand with those looting and burning buildings but those who protest peacefully".

"We stand with you, and all people in the fight against racism", an F1 post on Twitter read.

"What happened to George Floyd and what continues to happen in today's society is a disgrace".

"We need to stand up, we need to be a WE".

"I look around, I see a lot of different colours - I see white people, black people, all that - and it makes me happy".

"This past week has been so dark, I have failed to keep hold of my emotions", he wrote on his social media accounts.

Hamilton stated he felt "completely overcome with rage" and felt "so much anger, sadness and disbelief in what my eyes have seen". I am completely overcome with rage at the sight of such blatant disregard for the lives of our people.

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Those who attended Monday's rally in downtown Hamilton chanted phrases including "Black lives matter", "hands up don't shoot", and "I can't breathe" - the latter of which were among Floyd's last words. "Now more than ever we need to stand together, unified together". Only now that the world is so well equipped with cameras has this issue been able to come to light in such a big way.

Hamilton, the only black driver in Formula 1, has always been outspoken on social issues that may seem controversial to some because of his status as a minority in the white-dominated world of major auto racing and his success across the top level of motorsports.

"It took hundreds of thousands of people's complaints and buildings to burn before officials reacted and chose to arrest Derek Chauvin for murder, and that is sad", Hamilton added in his Instagram post.

He said he's glad to see that people of all backgrounds are becoming aware of the reality that Black people have lived for a long time, but added that he hopes those who are white don't stop recognizing the importance of speaking up once the protests die down.

"Unfortunately, America is not the only place where racism lives and we continue to fail as humans when we can not stand up for what is right". Support and love. And I have power through this to lead and inspire so many.

Hamilton had known as on the F1 neighborhood to talk out and finish what he felt was "silence" on the matter.

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