- 03 Jun 20
Numerous figures within the music industry have expressed outrage.
Floyd's homicide at the hands of Minneapolis police officers last week occurred when white officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for nine full minutes, despite the victim repeatedly saying that he couldn't breathe.
Floyd's death has sparked #BlackLivesMatter protests across the US and around the world, while officer Derek Chauvin has since been sacked and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
A large number of well-known artists have expressed outrage over Floyd's death, with the music industry engaging in a media blackout yesterday to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
Speaking about the incident on Instagram, Adele urged people to “keep listening, keep asking and keep learning” about the issues surrounding systemic racism.
“George Floyd’s murder has sent shockwaves around the world, there are countless others that haven’t. Protests and marches are happening all over the globe simultaneously and only gaining momentum.
“So be righteously angered but be focused! Keep listening, keep asking and keep learning!
It’s important we don’t get disheartened, hijacked or manipulated right now. This is about systematic racism, this is about police violence and it’s about inequality. And this isn’t only about America! Racism is alive and well everywhere.”
Adele concluded: “I wholeheartedly stand in solidarity with the fight for freedom, liberation and justice.”
Read Adele's full post below: