Ringo Star has echoed the sentiment of his Beatles bandmate, Paul McCartney, by sending support to the protesters currently campaigning for racial justice in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
George Floyd, an African-American man from Minnesota, was murdered by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin when knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds during an arrest. Floyd, who was handcuffed and lying face down on the road, was unresponsive for 2 minutes and 53 seconds while the officer held his knee down on his neck.Three other arresting officers, Thomas K. Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng, also held Floyd down for this period. The incident, caught both on local CCTV and by video recordings secured bystanders, showed Floyd repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe” while the officer held his knee on the back of his neck.The death has sparked mass protests across the United States with all four officers involved being fired the next day. Chauvin, the white officer who held down his knee, has since been arrested and charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Now, reacting to the news, Paul McCartney has reflected on his efforts to fight for racial justice and has supported those currently lining the streets.
“It felt wrong. We said, ‘We’re not doing that!’ And the concert we did do was to their first non-segregated audience. We then made sure this was in our contract. To us it seemed like common sense,” he said.
“I feel sick and angry that here we are almost 60 years later and the world is in shock at the horrific scenes of the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of police racism, along with the countless others that came before,” McCartney added.
“I want justice for George Floyd’s family, I want justice for all those who have died and suffered. Saying nothing is not an option.”
Now, joining forces with his old bandmate, Ringo has followed suit: “As my brother Paul said The Beatles always stood for equal rights & justice and I’ve never stopped working for peace & love ever since,” Starr tweeted while sharing McCartney’s statement.
“I send my peace love & continuous support to everyone marching & speaking up for justice & a better world,” he added.