Lewis Hamilton has offered his support to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lewis Hamilton says he’s been encouraged by the traction the Black Lives Matter movement has gained as people across the planet help combat the “global disease” of racism. The F1 star became the first black man to compete at motorsport’s highest level when he made his debut with McLaren in 2007.
Six-time champion Hamilton has since gone on to write his name in the history books and is now using his position as one of sport’s most prominent figures to drive positive changes for the future.
The 35-year-old has thrown his weight behind the Black Lives Matter movement on social media and called on his F1 rivals to make their voices heard too.
Hamilton says it’s been heartening to bear witness to the action being taken around the world, much of which was sparked by the death of George Floyd in the USA last month.
And he’s offered his 16.5m Instagram followers a few tips on how they can help ensure they make a difference as they strive for change.
“This past week, I have felt so inspired by the thousands of people across the globe using their voices to speak out against racial injustice,” Hamilton wrote.
“Fighting for real change starts with us, whether peacefully protesting, showing support on social media or signing petitions.
“However, our fight for equality must continue beyond this. Racism is a global disease and one which we must tackle with our votes as well as our voices.
“Please do your research and ensure the politicians you vote into power have everyone’s best interests at heart. The prejudice against black people at a systemic level has got to stop.
“For those looking for ways to support, I have provided information on petitions you can sign, as well as some books and films to learn more about the black experience.
“For the next generation, this education into black history should be starting at school. The global curriculum needs to be updated to include the struggles and successes of black people throughout the centuries, otherwise history is destined to repeat itself.
“As we have seen with the arrest and elevated charges for the officers who killed George Floyd, there is power in our voices, we can bring about change, and we must continue to fight for racial equality.
“For those of you who are out there fighting, know that I see you and I am right by your side. #blacklivesmatter”
Four former police officers – Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane – were arrested in relation to Floyd’s death and await trial.
Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder, while Thao, Kueng and Lane, who has been released on a $750,000 bond, have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.