One week following the death of American citizen George Floyd, angry protests rage across America. The message to those in power is that police brutality against people of color needs to stop NOW. As many celebrities take to social media to demand justice for George Floyd, Kendall Jenner has chimed in, sending a message to her 130 million Instagram followers.
“To everyone reading this and to myself: keep researching, reading, and educating yourself on how we can become better allies. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking these past few days and my heart has been so heavy. I’m angry and hurt just like so many. I will never personally understand the fear and pain that the black community go through on a daily basis, but I know that nobody should have to live in constant fear. I acknowledge my white privilege and promise I will continue to educate myself on how I can help. Raging on platforms can not be all that we do in order to repair the system, we need to take real action, off of social media. This is a time to have those uncomfortable conversations with people and mainly with ourselves. We must also make sure we are ready to vote when the time comes to elect the right people into office. The one truth that will always ring loudest is that BLACK LIVES MATTER. ❤ Rest peacefully George Floyd and all victims of this horrible injustice,” she shared. The message is accompanied by pictures from past protests in America and quotes by anti-apartheid human rights activists like Desmond Tutu.
Jenner also provided links to help educate her followers on the Black Lives Matter movement on her Instagram stories. Meanwhile, her sister Kylie Jenner also took to Instagram over the weekend to express her distress over the recent killing of George Floyd and shared her fears for her daughter as she grows up in a racially polarized America.
In 2017, Jenner was criticized for an advertisement with Pepsi, for allegedly trivializing the Black Lives Matters movement. The ad, that showed a white woman (Jenner) offering a can of Pepsi to a police officer at a protest, was, as activists say, exactly the opposite of their real-world experience of protesting and police brutality. Jenner joins the likes of Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Billie Eilish among many other celebrities reaching out to their followers and demanding justice for George Floyd.