Hamilton ‘overcome with rage’ over racial injustice

Date published: June 3 2020

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton says he has been “completely overcome with rage” at the ongoing racial injustice and urged people “not to sit in silence”.

Last week protests erupted in American following the death of George Floyd.

Floyd died when police offer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nine minutes having arresting him for allegedly using a counterfeit bank note.

While the protests started in American, they have begun to sweep the globe as more and more people speak out.

One of those is Hamilton.

The Mercedes driver has again taken to social media to speak of his “rage” over the injustices.

Chauvin was not arrested and charged until the protesters took to the streets.

“This past week has been so dark,” Hamilton said.

“I have failed to keep hold of my emotions. 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 everyday 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.

“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 peoples complaints and buildings to burn before officials reacted and decided to arrest Derek Chauvin 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 color of your skin.

“Black Lives Matter.”

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