White celebrities have been slammed this week for taking part in an "I take responsibility" video amid the Black Lives Matter protests.
There have been some strong reactions, to say the least... and people aren't happy. Keep scrolling to watch the video for yourself...
The Black Lives Matter movement has never before been so prominent.On Monday, May 25th, a defenseless black man was killed while in a police restraint.
George Floyd was arrested and forced to the ground...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...And, in the highly distressing scenes, he could be heard begging with the officers to release him and repeatedly saying "Please, please... I can't breathe."
After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive.
SAY HIS NAME. GEORGE FLOYD. HE WAS AN INNOCENT MAN, AND HE WAS MURDERED. HE COULDN’T BREATHE, AND HE BEGGED FOR HIS… https://t.co/7WNH4pzDLY— 🐌 (@🐌)1590620093.0
4 days after George's death, some justice was served.Derek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George’s neck, was finally arrested. But this wasn't enough...
Chauvin was originally taken into custody and was charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter.His bond was set at $50,000, and he is due to appear in court on June 8th.
This kind of police brutality has been happening for centuries now...But George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...And they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
But things have been quick to turn violent.Protesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.
It's a truly terrifying time.But change needs to happen and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
But, remarkably, they seem to be working.
BLACK WOMEN MATTER. BLACK MEN MATTER. BLACK CHILDREN MATTER. BLACK FAMILIES MATTER. BLACK POSSIBILITIES MATTER.… https://t.co/y6dlDWKPN3— a gem (@a gem)1591104461.0
And of course, the news broke last Wednesday that Chauvin is now facing an upgraded charge...
Minnesota's Attorney General Keith Ellison elevates the charge against ex-officer Derek Chauvin to second-degree mu… https://t.co/2l8o6FpdP9— BBC News (World) (@BBC News (World))1591228388.0
As for the other officers?Let’s not forget that, while Chauvin is the man primarily responsible for George’s death, 3 other police officers – Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao – also played a significant role in the incident.
Chauvin may have been the one to kneel on his neck...But alternative footage from the incident shows that 2 other officers were actually kneeling on his back, while a 4th stood on and watched. As reported by the New York Times, it was announced that Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao have all been formally charged with aiding and abetting murder in the death of George Floyd.
This is only the beginning.
THEYRE CHARGING THE OTHER 3 OFFICERS AND RAISED THE DEGREE. KEEP SIGNING PETITIONS, KEEP DONATING, KEEP CALLING. THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING— gabryelle (@gabryelle)1591208344.0
Celebrities have been among those paying tribute...
But not all these attempts have paid off.And it seems that one video from a bunch of white celebrities has really riled people up. Keep scrolling to watch...
The video includes the likes of actress Sarah Paulson and singer, Kesha.The montage shows each of them saying they take responsibility for the blatant racism and injustice and talking about BLM.
But it hasn't gone down well with viewers.
@AbbyHiggs Ending Racism: The Musical— Marlow Stern (@Marlow Stern)1591888723.0
"Why are so many celebrities like this?"
@MarlowNYC Oh my gosh racism is over thank you actors https://t.co/fyRytfhKWg— TY$$ (@TY$$)1591886657.0
Many raised this point."This didn't need to happen."
You can watch the controversial video below:
regret to inform you the celebs are at it again https://t.co/pfORBiqvrX— Marlow Stern (@Marlow Stern)1591884957.0