Lewis Hamilton has expressed his anger of the “blatant disregard for lives”, amid the large volume of protests that have sparked up all over the world.
Following the death of George Floyd last week, protests began in the United States as people demonstrated their feelings towards police treatment of black people.
Hamilton posted on Instagram on Sunday night for F1 to speak up on the issue and that he “stands alone” in expressing their support of equality.
Since Hamilton's initial post, more F1 drivers, including Charles Leclerc, Alexander Albon, Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly and George Russell have posted messages online, showing their backing for unity.
On Tuesday evening, Hamilton followed up with another message that reads: “This past week has been so dark. 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 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 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 colour of your skin.”
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