Paul McCartney is talking out amid a time of civil unrest following the dying of George Floyd.
On Friday, the iconic English musician, 77, took to social media to categorical the significance of coming collectively in order to see a change in the world.
“As we continue to see the protests and demonstrations across the world, I know many of us want to know just what we can be doing to help. None of us have all the answers and there is no quick fix but we need change,” he wrote on Twitter.
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McCartney continued: “We all need to work together to overcome racism in any form. We need to learn more, listen more, talk more, educate ourselves and, above all, take action.”
He went on to recall a time in the ’60s when The Beatles have been set to play a present in america, however the group determined in opposition to it after studying it might be a segregated audience.
“In 1964 The Beatles were due to play Jacksonville in the US and we found out that it was going to be to a segregated audience. It felt wrong,” McCartney remembered. “We said ‘We’re not doing that!’ and the concert we did do was to their first non-segregated audience. We then made sure this was in our contract. To us it seemed like common sense.”
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McCartney then famous how almost, six many years later, deaths like Floyd’s — by the hands of police — nonetheless happen.
“I feel sick and angry that here we are almost 60 years later and the world is in shock at the horrific scenes of the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of police racism, along with the countless others that came before,” he said.
“All of us here support and stand alongside all those who are protesting and raising their voices at this time. I want justice for George Floyd’s family, I want justice for all those who have died and suffered,” McCartney continued earlier than concluding: “Saying nothing is not an option.”
Following his assertion, McCartney additionally shared an inventory of organizations his social media followers might help “in the fight for racial justice” together with, Black Lives Matter, Coloration of Change, the NAACP, Stand Up to Racism, Marketing campaign Zero, and the Neighborhood Justice Change.
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Throughout the nation, folks have been protesting in opposition to police brutality, particularly in opposition to members of the black group, in the wake of the dying of Floyd, who died whereas in police custody after an officer kneeled on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, moments that have been captured on cellphone video. Within the footage, Floyd, 46, shouts “I cannot breathe” and “don’t kill me,” earlier than shedding consciousness. He was later pronounced useless.
Since-fired officer Derek Chauvin was later charged with second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s dying.