Peter Gabriel has spoken up about the "racist murder" of George Floyd in the midst of nationwide protests.
The British musician and activist shared a moving statement on his Twitter Monday saying he was "horrified" by the "racist murder." "This type of brutality needs to be confronted directly, with justice clearly seen to be done whenever & wherever it occurs," he wrote alongside the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag.
Along with the civilised world I was horrified by the racist murder of George Floyd.— Peter Gabriel (@itspetergabriel) June 1, 2020
This type of brutality needs to be confronted directly, with justice clearly seen to be done whenever & wherever it occurs. (1/3)#BlackLivesMatter#TheShowMustBePaused#BlackOutTuesday pic.twitter.com/Du60LgJf5d
Gabriel, who co-founded the human rights organization Witness in 1992, added that the non-profit "has been helping groups monitoring police violence & I hope these protests will not only lead to the addressing of the problems at the root of this, but also encourage a worldwide look at how each country is dealing with racism and religious persecution within their own borders."
The legendary singer continued his plea to society to partake in the fight for freedom as he concluded, “Politicians are trying to win support by fueling nationalism and racism for their own gain. If we don’t like the way things are going we have to speak out and act. The world can only be what we choose to make it."
Both the art-rock songwriter and his Real World record label participated in the #Black Out Tuesday" event yesterday (June 2nd) to stand "in solidarity with black artists all over the world, and black colleagues in the music industry.”
“Your black executives, artists, managers, staff, colleagues are drained, traumatized, hurt, scared, and angry,” wrote Jamila Thomas, Senior Director of Marketing at Atlantic Records on Friday with the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused.
There are many ways people can support the movement against police violence and provide relief to the communities who have been impacted by police racism. Help the family of George Floyd HERE. Fight for Breonna Taylor HERE. Help the family of Ahmaud Arbery HERE.
Want to help protesters? Donate to one or more community bail funds HERE. Visit Movement For Black Lives for additional ways you can help the cause. Want to connect with leaders building grass roots campaigns? Click HERE. Are you an ally and want to learn more? Here are some anti-racism resources.