Lewis Hamilton is vocally condemning the clashes between authorities and anti-racism protestors in the United States.
Hamilton has led the F1 response to the ongoing crisis in the United States, with clashes between police and authorities with anti-racism protestors following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th.
With the #BlackLivesMatter gaining momentum worldwide as clashes have escalated in violence in the days since, Lewis Hamilton took to his Instagram account to address the situation and call out his fellow drivers and F1 colleagues. He urged Formula 1 not to stay silent, triggering an outburst of condemnation from several drivers and teams.
On Tuesday, Hamilton took to Instagram again to describe how emotional he is finding the situation, having experienced racism during his time in F1 from fans.
“This past week has been so dark, I have failed to keep hold of my emotions,” he wrote, venting his frustrations that it took a public outcry to trigger any sort of response to George Floyd’s death.. “I have felt so much anger, sadness and disbelief in what my eyes have seen.”
“I am completely overcome with rage at the sight of such blatant disregard for the lives of our people. The injustice that we are seeing our brothers and sisters face all over the world time and time again is disgusting, and MUST stop.”
“So many people seem surprised, but to us unfortunately, it is not surprising. Those of us who are black, brown or in-between see it every day and should not have to feel as though we were born guilty, don’t belong or fear for our lives based on the colour of our skin.”
“Will Smith said it best, racism is not getting worse, it’s being filmed. Only now that the world is so well-equipped with cameras has this issue been able to come to light in such a big way.” Hamilton continued.
“It is only when there are riots and screams for justice that the powers that be cave in and do something, but by then it is far too late and not enough has been done.”
“It took hundreds of thousands of people’s complaints and buildings to burn before officials reacted and decided to arrest Derek Chauvin (the police officer arrested for Floyd’s death) for murder, and that is sad.”
“Unfortunately, America is not the only place where racism lives and we continue to fail as humans when we cannot stand up for what is right. Please do not sit in silence, no matter the colour of your skin. Black Lives Matter.”
Since Hamilton’s post, Formula 1 has also posted on social media that they support and stand “with all those fighting against racism in any form.”
“We stand with you, and all people in the fight against racism. It is an evil that no sport or society is truly immune from. And it is only together we can oppose it and eradicate it.”
“Together we are stronger.”
IndyCar has also condemned the situation, with racing set to get underway this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas. A statement said:
— NTT INDYCAR SERIES (@IndyCar) June 2, 2020