Lorde Says "White Silence" Is "Damaging" Right Now in Message to Fans After George Floyd's Death

In a message to fans, Lorde condemned police brutality following George Floyd's death and shared her efforts to be an ally.
von Samantha Schnurr Jun 01, 2020 21:29Tags
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"As someone who has made art directly inspired by and in conversation with hip hop, it's my responsibility to let you know that I'm here," she wrote. "I extend that sentiment to all my fellow musicians and producers who have tightened a snare to make it more trap, who've drawn a pattern of high hats in ProTools because they heard something similar in a hip hop song and it made them feel big and cool. We have a responsibility to let our affected listeners know that we're with them when it's hard too, not just when it's easy. Not just when we benefit. We see you, and we're here."

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As the letter continued, Lorde included not only her verbal support, but also her tangible actions. "I'm still learning the nuances of all this. I'm still working out how to practice activism while refraining from social media. Numbers at protests and mass gatherings speak loudly, hopefully lead to eventual legislative change, so I do that," she wrote. "Money helps concretely, paying things like bail funds to free unjustly held activists, so I do that. I don't feel completely comfortable posting donation links asking you for money—I don't know what kind of financial situation you're in right now. It's on me to use my resources—resources you gave me, directly or indirectly—to donate on your behalf."

The performer concluded her email with a message focused on her "black and brown listeners" and a link to a petition calling for the police officers in Floyd's arrest to be fired and for charges to be filed. "I'm so sorry this is your reality, that you haven't had a choice but to be defined by this, to give it your energy. I'm aware of that tax on you," she wrote. "I hope white people you know are doing what they can to ease your load. And I really, really hope systems will change to better protect you.

"Black Lives Matter," she signed off. "L."