Lewis Hamilton Calls On Fellow Athletes to Speak Out About Injustice

Taking to Instagram, Lewis Hamilton condemned his fellow Formula 1 drivers for not speaking out against injustice in the wake of George Floyd's death.
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"I do not stand with those looting and burning buildings but those who are protesting peacefully," he said. "There can be no peace until our so called leaders make change. This is not just America, this is the UK, this is Spain, this is Italy and all over."

"The way minorities are treated has to change, how can you educate those in your country of equality, racism, classism and that we are all in the same!" Hamilton's message continued. "We are not born with racism and hate in our hearts, it is taught by those we look up to."

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Following his lead, several F1 drivers issued statements on Floyd's death and racial justice. Among them were Charles Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo, Lando Norris, George Russell, Carlos Sainz, Nicholas Latifi and Sergio Pérez.  

"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," Leclerc tweeted. "I still struggle to find the words to describe the atrocity of some videos I've seen on Internet. Racism needs to be met with actions, not silence. Please be actively participating, engaging and encouraging others to spread awareness."

He added, "It is our responsabilities to speak out against injustice. Don't be silent. I stand #BlackLivesMatter."

"E! stands in solidarity with the black community against systemic racism and oppression experienced every day in America," the network said in a statement on May 31. "We owe it to our black staff, talent, production partners and viewers to demand change and accountability. To be silent is to be complicit. #BlackLivesMatter."