The lengthy statement, posted Saturday morning, was captioned with the hashtags #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd and #BlackLivesMatter. Eilish’s outrage at Floyd’s death is clear in both her words and the fact that much of the message was written in all caps.
“I’ve been trying to take this week to figure out a way to address this delicately,” Eilish wrote. “I have an enourmous [sic] platform and I try really hard to be respectful and take time to think through what I say and and how I say it… but holy sh– I’m just gonna start talking.”
Eilish directly addressed people who use the slogan “All Lives Matter” to invalidate the #BlackLivesMatter campaign and ignore the ongoing police brutality that black people experience in the U.S.
“If I hear one more white person say ‘All Lives Matter’ one more f—ing time I’m gonna lose my f—ing mind. Will you shut the f— up?” Eilish wrote. “No one is saying your life doesn’t matter. No one is saying your life is not hard. No one is saying literally anything at all about you… all you MFs do is find a way to make everything about yourself. This is not about you.”
She then used several metaphors to help get across her point that black people are in need of a movement such as #BlackLivesMatter to help prevent injustices based on their race, whereas white people are not.
“If your friend gets a cut on their arm are you gonna wait to give all your friends a bandaid first because all arms matter? No you’re gonna help your friend because they are in pain because they are in need because they are bleeding!” Eilish said. “If someone’s house was on fire and someone is stuck in the house, are you gonna make the fire department go to every other house on the block first because all houses matter? No! Because they don’t f—ing need it.”
Eilish ended the post by pointing out a few of the ways in which white privilege pervades society and causes people of color to face persecution in much higher numbers.
“If all lives matter why are black people killed for just being black? Why are immigrants persecuted? Why are white people given opportunities that people of other races aren’t?” Eilish said. “Why is it okay for white people to protest literally being asked to stay at home while carrying semi-automatic weapons? Why is it okay for black people to be called thugs for protesting the murder of innocent people? Do you know why? White. F—ing. Privilege.”
Read Eilish’s full statement below.
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