Gaga continued, “I applaud the brave citizens of this nation that are speaking up, and I support the unsupported voices of the Black community. I wish for their voices to be heard loudly and clearly, and that they feel loved and amplified by allies. I know you know how much I believe in kindness.”
“The spirit of this movement is intrinsically rooted in a universal dream of kindness and it’s precisely that same kindness that I am wishing for those that are suffering tonight. I have endless compassion in my heart as we struggle as one nation to find bold and effective solutions to an insidious and systemic problem that’s plagued our country since its birth.”
She urged fans, “I encourage you to learn about the important work they do and how you can get involved. Black Lives Matter.”
The murder of yet another Black person at the hands of police is an all too familiar reminder that racism is rampant in our world, with Australia facing its own battle. Our countries Indigenous population has for too long faced prejudice and brutality at the hands of law officials, and it is no longer something we can be silent on. We all have a responsibility to fight this battle, to speak up and to take action.
Raising awareness via social media is a start, but people with privilege who sit outside Black communities need to make real, tangible change. Instead of sitting idly by, we've compiled a how-to on allyship and resources to help better your understanding. Together, we can make a real difference.