Lizzo Says ‘Protest Is Not The End Of Progress’ | Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Donate $200,000 To The NAACP – Lizzo is the latest to speak up about the Black Lives Matter movement, and she is calling for those staying silent to raise their voices against police brutality, while Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have donated $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Lizzo Says ‘Protest Is Not The End Of Progress’ | Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Donate $200,000 To The NAACP:
Lizzo delivered an affecting message in a video posted on her Instagram, about the protests and demanded for progress to be made.
“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 shown support on social media came out and used their platform to let activists and protesters speak and be seen?” Lizzo wrote on Instagram.
“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,” Lizzo continued. “I believe in us. Change is gonna come.”
In the video that Lizzo posted on the social media platform, she addressed black people and white people with separate messages.
“Black people, this is your daily reminder that it is not your job to educate people on racism or white privilege,” the “Good As Hell” artist said. “It is exhausting and if they don’t see it or believe it by now they don’t want to. There are Googles and there are books, and they can do that for themselves.”
“White people, this is your daily reminder that as long as you stay silent you are a part of the problem,” Lizzo continued. “I know you are not racist, but you have to be more than that. You have to be anti-racist. Speak up!”
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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
“And to all of the influential people who have spoken up, thank you for your allyship and your support,” the Grammy Award-winning singer continued. “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 that we’re going to take and make sure that we are moving forward and we don’t go back to this [expletive]?”
“Now is the time. The world is standing still and waiting for action,” she concluded. “Let’s make progress.”
Blake Lively And Ryan Reynolds Donate $200,000 To NAACP | Ryan Reynolds And Blake Lively Faced Criticism Past For Having Wedding Reception On A Former Plantation:
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have donated $200,000 (£161,000) to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) legal defense fund, to help fight racial injustice following the death of George Floyd, amid criticism for previously having their wedding on a former plantation.
Lively and Reynolds, who are aged 32 and 43 respectively, took to Instagram on Sunday to vow to do better in the future and keep themselves and their three daughters more informed of the world around them.
“We’ve never had to worry about preparing our kids for different rules of law or what might happen if we’re pulled over in the car,” they wrote.
“We don’t know what it’s like to experience that life day in and day out. We can’t imagine feeling that kind of fear and anger.”
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ September 2012 wedding was held at Boone Hall Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina, a move that was met with widespread criticism.
“We’re ashamed that in the past we’ve allowed ourselves to be uninformed about how deeply rooted systemic racism is,” the two — who tied the knot at a plantation in 2012, said.
“We’ve been teaching our children differently than the way our parents taught us. We want to educate ourselves about other people’s experiences and talk to our kids about everything , all of it… especially our own complicity. We talk about our bias, blindness and our own mistakes,” their statement continued.
“We look back and see so many mistakes which have led us to deeply examine who we are and who we want to become. They’ve led us to huge avenues of education. We’re committed to raising our kids so they never grow up feeding this insane pattern and so they’ll do their best to never inflict pain on another being consciously or unconsciously.”
“It’s the least we can do to honor not just George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Eric Garner, but all the black men and women who have been killed when a camera wasn’t rolling,” Ryan Reynolds And Blake Lively said.
“Last week we contributed $200,000 to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. We stand in awe of this organization and its leader, Sherrilyn Ifill. And this is just a start. We also pledge to stay educated and vote in every local election.”