10 Quotes You Should Hear from Celebrities Right Now

10 Quotes You Should Hear from Celebrities Right Now

10 Quotes You Should Hear from Celebrities Right Now

Our goal is not to focus on the celebrity name or how much they donated, but for you to really try and understand their point of view.

Our goal is not to focus on the celebrity name or how much they donated, but for you to really try and understand their point of view.

Text: Hailee Milton

For months, most of us have been in quarantine and there are some things that have become frustrating to watch concerning celebrities. Firstly, the celebrities who had access to a certain level of healthcare in which the general public did not have in terms of COVID-19. Secondly, in regards to George Floyd, the number of celeb figures that blatantly do not support the Black Lives Matter movement or are choosing silence. And third, those who are using their platform to follow a trend, post a Black screen, and whose new-found energies vehemently don't align or address their racist actions of the past.

Sports analyst, Maria Taylor said it best, "All I can do is let you do is reveal yourselves and countless people are doing that right now, and for the first time ever they are reaping some kind of consequences..." that does not have any retaliation back to the person who called them out. Countless people are being held accountable or maybe people, for the first time since we are still in a pandemic—people have the time to listen. Whatever the case may be, we've made a list of 10 celebrities who have been putting in the work and have continued to do so this week. There are 10 quotes listed below, from singers, actors, and political figures alike. Our hope is not to focus on the celebrity name, or how much they donated, but really try to understand their point of view—and the reality that Black people have faced daily. See down below.

1 Lexi Underwood

“There is so much trauma behind being only a child and seeing us countlessly be beaten and murdered in these streets by people who are supposed to protect and serve us. “Do you understand what that feels like? I don’t know if I am next. I don’t know if my mother is next. I don’t know if my friends are next. I don’t know if my cousins are next. I don’t know if my friends are next.” 

2 Jamie Foxx

"As I sit with my two daughters, my nephews .. what it does is, it over-complicates everything as a black man trying to tell his son or his daughter how to function in life. Even the things that we've taught them don't seem to work." 

3 Keke Palmer

“The conversation is now: how deep is your interest in eradicating racism and what are the actions that you’re willing to take to systematically change the inequalities?”

4 John Boyega

"Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something," Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f--- that, today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process. We don’t know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don’t know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we’re going to make sure that won’t be an alien thought to our young ones.”

5 Megan Markle 

“What is happening in our country and in our state and in our hometown of LA… I wasn’t sure what I could say to you. I wanted to say the right thing. I realized the only wrong thing to say is to say nothing because George Floyd’s life mattered and Breonna Taylor’s life mattered and Philando Castile’s life mattered and Tamir Rice’s life mattered… and so did so many other people whose names we know and whose names we do not know.” 

6 Michael B. Jordan

"This country was built on the backs of our ancestors—backs that had a target the entire time and this month is no different with more black lives caught in the crosshairs. Too many look at us as public enemies, only some see us as humans, and yet we need to be superhuman just to survive. We must strategize, organize, and train ourselves as we demand more. One arrest isn't enough. This is just the beginning."

7 Coco Gauff

“Yes, we're all here protesting, and I'm not of age to vote, but it's in your hands to vote for my future, for my brother’s future and for your future. So that’s one way to make change. This is what I have to tell you: If you listen to black music. If you like black culture. If you have black friends. Then this is your fight, too. It’s not your job, it’s not your duty, to open your mouth to say ‘Lil Uzi Vert is my favorite artist, but I don’t care what happened to George Floyd.’ Now how does that make sense?"

8 Mr. Barak Obama 

"The bottom line is this: if we want to bring about real change, then the choice isn't between protests and politics. We have to do both. We have to mobilize to raise awareness, and we have to organize and cast our ballots to make sure that we elect candidates who will act on reform."

9 Beyonce Knowles 

"We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We are broken and disgusted. We can't normalize this pain. I’m not only speaking to people of color. If you’re white, black, brown, or anything in between, I’m sure you feel hopeless by the racism going on in America right now.”

10 Colin Kaepernick 

"When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction. The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back."

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