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Catriona Gray takes stand on racism, joins ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement

“Violence is never the answer, but speaking up against what you feel is wrong can play a part in the solution."

As protests over the death of George Floyd continue, many celebrities have used their platforms to speak against racism and police brutality. 

Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed African-American man, died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes as he told them “I can’t breathe”. His death sparked the “Black Lives Matter” movement which calls for intense protests across the world along with demands for justice on social media.

Among the celebrities who took a stand on the issue is Catriona Gray. The Miss Universe 2018 winner posted a photo on Instagram honoring Floyd’s memory while urging her fans to join the movement.

“I’ve been watching the news and developments from home, and have been wrestling with feelings of outrage and incredulousness. I’ve not really known what to say on my platforms but I feel so strongly compelled not to stay silent,” the beauty queen said on her Instagram post.

 
 
 
 
 
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I’ve been watching the news and developments from home, and have been wrestling with feelings of outrage and incredulousness. I’ve not really known what to say on my platforms but I feel so strongly compelled not to stay silent. Violence is never the answer, but speaking up against what you feel is wrong can play a part in the solution. Racism affects everyone and the task of eradicating it isnt up to people of colour, but up to all of us. Racism isnt conditional to one country, but is a global issue that has many different manifestations. Let’s lean in, engage and stay on the line. Sign and share the petitions, confront direct or indirect racism in conversations, in the workplace and in our homes. Let’s educate ourselves and fight for justice however we can. They’re tough conversations to have, and you may feel uncomfortable but the consequence of going on like everything is okay, is more lives being lost. #BLM #BreonnaTaylor #AhmaudArbery #GeorgeFloyd

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And while social media gives everyone a voice, it also gives celebrities the much bigger responsibility of using their platform to spread awareness and inspire positive change. In her post, Catriona shared a quote from American poet and activist Cleo Wade, along with hashtags for the Black Lives Matter movement.

Catriona also mentioned in the hashtags the names of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd—three recent victims of racism and police brutality in the United States. (READ: Three Pinays who use their ‘celebrity status’ for a bigger purpose)

“Violence is never the answer, but speaking up against what you feel is wrong can play a part in the solution,” Catriona wrote. “Racism affects everyone and the task of eradicating it [isn’t] up to people of [color], but up to all of us. Racism [isn’t] conditional to one country, but is a global issue that has many different manifestations.”

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Photo from Catriona Gray Facebook

“Let’s lean in, engage, and stay on the line. Sign and share the petitions, confront direct or indirect racism in conversations, in the workplace and in our homes,” Catriona urges her fans.

“Let’s educate ourselves and fight for justice however we can. They’re tough conversations to have, and you may feel uncomfortable but the consequence of going on like everything is okay, is more lives being lost.”

In the US, top celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Halsey, Harry Styles, and Ariana Grande have also joined the street protests and used their platforms to call out racism and brutality over people with color. 

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