The Sorry Not Sorry hitmaker Demi Lovato is taking a stand against racial injustice remembering the lives of those which were lost due to white supremacy.
On June 2, 2020, Lovato took to her Instagram to share a collage of African American citizens who were killed, though unarmed, for no reason at all. The picture that shows 24 photos of those who died were first posted on Nyakio Beauty’s founder Nyakio Greico’s Instagram and was reposted by Demi.
The 27 years old asks for a challenge, a challenge to repost the collage so the Instagram feeds are filled with those who received injustice.
HOW ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE??? HOW MANY WILL REPOST SO THE FEED IS FILLED!!! Unarmed. Killed. #BLACKLIVESMATTERDemi Lovato asks of a challenge!
Well, Lovato then went on to talk about the people that lost their lives.
- Trayvon Martin (Walking home with iced tea and skittles. Shot by George Zinneman, who was found not guilty.)
- Keith Scott (Sitting in car, reading. Shot by police officer, who was not charged.)
- Atatiana Jefferson (Looking out her window, shot by police officer, who is still under indictment for murder.)
- Jonathan Ferrell (Asking for help after auto accident. Shot twelve times by police, case ended in mistrial.)
- Jordan Edwards (Riding in a car. Shot in the back of the head by police officer, who was found guilty of murder.)
- Stephon Clark (Holding a cell phone, Shot 8 times, 6 in back. Officers not charged.)
- Amadou Diallo (While taking out wallet, officers fired 41 shots by four officers who were all acquitted.)
- Renisha McBride (Auto accident, knocked on door for help. Homeowner was found guilty of second-degree murder.)
- Tamir Rice (Playing with toy gun, shot by police officer arriving on scene. Officer was not charged.)
- Sean Bell (Hosting a bachelor party, 50 rounds fired by police officers, who were found not guilty of charges.)
- Walter Scott (Pulled over for brake light, shot in the back by police officer, who pleaded guilty to civil rights violations.)
- Philando Castile (Pulled over in a car, told officer he had a legally registered weapon in car. Officer acquitted of all charges.)
- Aiyana Jones (Sleeping, accidentally shot by officer in a raid on wrong apartment. Officer cleared of all charges.)
- Terrence Crutcher (Disabled vehicle, shot by police officer, who was found guilty of manslaughter.)
- Alton Sterling (Selling CDs, shot at close range while being arrested. No charges filed.)
- Freddie Gray (Beaten to death by officers while being transported in police van. All officers involved were acquitted.)
- John Crawford (Shopping at WalMart, holding a BB gun on sale, police officer was not charged.)
- Michael Brown (Shot by twelve times by officer, including in the back. No charges filed.)
- Jordan Davis (Killed because he was playing loud music. Shooter found guilty of first-degree murder.)
- Sandra Bland (Pulled over for traffic ticket, tasered and arrested.)
Well, this list is just a fraction of those who were killed for nothing. In recent months, two new names have been added to this list, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd.
- Ahmaud Arbery – The 25 years old black man was killed after being chased by white residents of a South Georgia neighborhood. They were armed, he wasn’t! Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael were arrested and charged with murder and aggravated assault.
- George Floyd – He was arrested for using a counterfeit $20 bill at a market. But, officer Derek Chauvin pinned him down and pressed his knee against his neck, killing him, though he already had handcuffs on. According to statements, the knee was on his neck for 8 minutes 46 seconds. Chauvin was suspended and arrested. He is awaiting trial for second-degree murder and third-degree man-slaughter.
May 7, 2020
Demi Lovato took to her Instagram to share a photo of Ahmaud Arbery and wrote that she couldn’t sleep because his killers weren’t arrested. Here’s the post!
Similarly, on the same day, she posted another series of photos that spoke about injustice. Check out the post here!
May 27, 2020
The same month, on May 27, 2020, Lovato had to post about such injustice again; George Floyd had died. The singer wrote a furious caption to call out everyone to do their part in changing the community that we all live in.
This is not okay. And it will not stop until everyone does their part. Especially white people. I said it recently, and I’ll say it again, do not let your discomfort surrounding social issues prevent you from speaking up for those IN DANGER. And reality is, until this STOPS COMPLETELY – THE BLACK COMMUNITY WILL CONTINUE TO LIVE IN DANGER. DO YOUR PART. THIS INVOLVES YOU TOO.Demi Lovato calling out everyone to do their part!
Demi gets emotional during the ending section of the post and hopes George Floyd rests in peace because “it isn’t fair so many didn’t do their part to ensure you lived in peace.”
May 28, 2020
The partner of Max Ehrich again posted on her Instagram a picture of a pyramid showing White Supremacy. She wrote,
This is what racism looks like. Education will be the light that darkens ignorance in these terrifying times. If you are not standing up for the black community – you are a part of the problem. Please do not stop speaking up until all of this stops. #blacklivesmatterDemi Lovato on Black Lives Matter!
The pyramid was taken from The Conscious Kid‘s Instagram page!
May 31, 2020, and After!
Three days later, Demi shared a series of photos to show how we all can help, using our voice to stand up against injustice, taking time to educate about racism, signing petitions for racial justice, and donating as much as we can.
Color of Change started a petition to demand the officers who killed George Floyd be charged with murder. Similarly, The Bail Project began a campaign to provide bail assistance to protestors who can’t afford bail.
Lovato also shared a photo showing six funds where every one can donate to help the case.
- George Floyd Memorial Fund – This is an official Go Fund Me page to support the Floyd family. The fund has already collected over $8.46 million.
- Minnesota Freedom Fund – This is a community based nonprofit that is helping free individuals who were arrested while protesting police brutality. You can donate here.
- Black Visions Collective
- Reclaim The Block
- Campaign Zero
- Unicorn Riot
In like manner, on June 2, Demi posted a photo calling out non-black queer people to stand for black queer and non-queer family who are fighting for justice. She also posted a series of photos to show Black Lives Matter, and Enough is Enough.
Well, this just goes to show you how much invested Demi is in trying to help out those in need, taking a stand for justice.
All we need is everyone’s support, white or black, queer or non-queer, to put a stop to racial injustice once and for all! Let’s all join hands in this time of crisis.
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