Lewis Hamilton, a British racing driver and six-time Formula One World Champion is furious over the recent death of George Floyd and the continuous atrocities committed against African-Americans.
This past week, A Minneapolis police officer was caught undertaking a 46-year-old man, George Floyd. Footage leaked, where it can be seen that the police officer has mercilessly placed his knee on the head of the African-American as he lays on the floor under a police mobile.
Since then, it’s been utter chaos and rightfully so. Everyone’s marching on the streets and using social media at it’s best to claim justice but many so-called public personalities still haven’t spoken a word and Hamilton doesn’t want to spare them.
The first and unfortunately, only black driver to partake in Formula One, Hamilton has a few words to say on “Black Lives Matter”. The champion went on to complain that: “Not a sign from anybody in my industry, which of course is a white-dominated sport.”
Supporting the fact that Formula One circuits are racist to the core and problematic. It’s perhaps a mishap that I have strived to such a rank despite my race, is what the racer claimed.
Hamilton has been subjected to racial abuse throughout his career. In particular, in 2008, a Spanish fan heckled with him at Circuit De Catalunya in Spain.
Hamilton hasn’t had it easy and has claimed on numerous occasions that he feels prejudiced, compred with other British racers. Racial slurs have been shouted at the six-time champion at the Brazilian Grand Prix and other circuit events.
To the racer, a feeling that critics are biased towards other athletes because of their skin tone has offended Lewis many times.
Going on a rant, the Formula One star used Instagram to deliver his perspective on the ongoing matter. The outrage by Hamilton is unquestionable, he went on continously posting stories, calling out his fellow racers for not using their influence responsibly.
“I see those of you who are staying silent, some of you the biggest of stars yet you stay silent in the midst of injustice,” he wrote on Instagram.
Expressing his grief at the fact that he’s part of a white-dominated circle and is the only one speaking up for the oppressed!
“I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. Just know I know who you are and I see you.”
To clarify his stance clearly, the Mercedes driver adds that he doesn’t support violence in any sort of way.
“I do not stand with those looting and burning buildings but those who are protesting peacefully.”
Such a statement by an esteemed Black man can only worsen the careers of other Formula One racers. Perhaps that’s why, a number of his fellow F1 racers spoke against the brutal killing of George Floyd.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, a Monégasque racer tweeted: “To be completely honest, I felt out of place and uncomfortable sharing my thoughts on social media about the whole situation and this is why I haven’t express myself earlier than today. And I was completely wrong.
Other racers from different circuits such as Lando Norris and Daniel Riccardio of McLaren and Renault respectively, have finally shared charity and petition links on all their social platforms and likewise, expressing their sorrow for George Floyd and every African-American who lost their precious one due to the unjust system.
This has surely been an unprecedented year and it’s barely June. The ongoing pandemic coupled with the protests underway in America have surely shocked us all.
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