Lewis Hamilton urges people to ‘keep pushing’ for change at London Black Lives Matter protest – Totally Vegan Buzz

Lewis Hamilton urges people to ‘keep pushing’ for change at London Black Lives Matter protest

Lewis Hamilton urges people to 'keep pushing' for change at London Black Lives Matter protest
Image: Sportfoto / shutterstock.com (L) and Lewis Hamilton (R)

‘I was so happy to see people of all ages, sporting Black Lives Matter signs and saying it just as passionately as I was’

Six-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton continues to use his platform to raise awareness and support the Black Lives Matter movement sparked by the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in the United States.

In a post to Instagram, Hamilton revealed he joined a Black Lives Matter protest in London and also shared images of him at the march holding a ‘Black Lives Matter’ banner, wearing a T-shirt that read: ‘Black is a vibe’ along with a yellow face covering.

‘Keep pushing’

Went down to Hyde Park today for the peaceful protest and I was so proud to see in person so many people of all races and backgrounds supporting this movement,” Hamilton wrote alongside the images.

“I was proud to be out there acknowledging and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and my black heritage. I was so happy to see people of all ages, sporting Black Lives Matter signs and saying it just as passionately as I was.

“I was also happy to see so many white supporters out there today in the name of equality for all. It was really moving. I’m feeling extremely positive that change will come, but we cannot stop now. Keep pushing.”

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This past week has been so dark. I have failed to keep hold of my emotions. I have 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. The injustice that we are seeing our brothers and sisters face all over the world time and time again is disgusting, and MUST stop. So many people seem surprised, but to us unfortunately, it is not surprising. Those of us who are black, brown or in between, see it everyday and should not have to feel as though we were born guilty, don’t belong, or fear for our lives based on the colour of our skin. Will Smith said it best, racism is not getting worse, it’s being filmed. 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. It is only when there are riots and screams for justice that the powers that be cave in and do something, but by then it is far too late and not enough has been done. It took hundreds of thousands of peoples complaints and buildings to burn before officials reacted and decided to arrest Derek Chauvin for murder, and that is sad. Unfortunately, America is not the only place where racism lives and we continue to fail as humans when we cannot stand up for what is right. Please do not sit in silence, no matter the colour of your skin. Black Lives Matter. #blackouttuesday ✊?

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‘Tangible and measurable change’

Being the only black driver, Hamilton has also been campaigning against racial injustice and the lack of diversity within his own sport.

While calling out others from the F1 community for remaining silent, he announced plans to set up a commission which can make “real, tangible and measurable change” in racing.

“Despite my success in the sport, the institutional barriers that have kept F1 highly exclusive persist,” he told the Sunday Times.

“The time for platitudes and token gestures is over,” he added.

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