“We need justice for George Floyd,” she says in a video posted to her 147m Instagram followers. “We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain.”
Speaking out against racism in America, the singer urges her fans to take action by following a link in her biography which leads to her website where four petitions are listed for the public to sign.
Further elaborating on her stance, she continues to point out that regardless of skin color, humans are a family and must stand up for each other in times of injustice.
“I’m not only speaking to people of color. If you’re white, black, brown or anything in between, I’m sure you feel hopeless by the racism going on in America right now. No more senseless killing of human beings. No more seeing people of color as less than human. We can no longer look away. George is all our family in humanity. He’s our family because he’s a fellow American.”
Recognizing that police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested in connection to Floyd’s death on May 25 in Minneapolis, Beyoncé stressed that more needs to be done.
“There have been too many times that we’ve seen these violent killings, and no consequences. Yes, someone’s been charged, but justice is far from being achieved,” she continued. “Please sign the petition and continue to pray for peace, compassion and healing for our country.”
Protests have been raging across American cities in recent days following Floyd’s death, with more than 40 cities in lockdown as protestors continue to clash violently with the police. Subsequently, President Trump threatened to deploy federal troops if state and city leaders don’t act to quell acts of violence and looting.