Lewis Hamilton had taken to social media to criticise F1, calling it a ‘white dominated sport’, for staying silent on George Floyd’s dying
- Final Up to date: June 1, 2020, 11:35 PM IST
System One drivers adopted Lewis Hamilton’s lead on Monday after the six instances world champion criticised his sport’s silence over the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white U.S. police officer knelt on his neck.
The dying in Minneapolis triggered a wave of concern and violent protests in the US.
Britain’s Lewis Hamilton, System One’s first black world champion who spends a lot of his time in America, spoke out on Instagram on Sunday.
“I see those of you who are staying silent, some of you the biggest of stars yet you stay silent in the midst of injustice,” wrote the Mercedes driver.
“Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white dominated sport. I’m one of the only people of colour there yet I stand alone,” he added.
“I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. Just know I know who you… are and I see you.”
In a second publish, Hamilton added: “I do not stand with those looting and burning buildings but those who are protesting peacefully. There can be no peace until our so called leaders make change.”
Mercedes retweeted the latter remark and issued an announcement assuring Hamilton that they stood with him.
“Tolerance is an elementary principle of our team and we are enriched by diversity in all its forms,” it added, condemning any discrimination.
Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo stated Floyd’s dying was “a disgrace”.
“Racism is toxic and needs to be addressed not with violence or silence but with unity and action,” the Australian wrote on Instagram.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc stated on Twitter he had felt “out of place and uncomfortable” sharing his ideas on social media concerning the state of affairs however realised he had been “completely wrong”.
“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,” added the Monegasque.
Williams driver George Russell echoed Leclerc’s phrases and stated it was time to kick racism out.
“We all have a voice to speak up for what’s right — and until now I didn’t know how to use mine in this situation,” stated the Briton.
“Ultimately, no matter how uncomfortable it may be to speak out, silence achieves nothing.”
There have been a number of nights of unrest over race and policing in lots of U.S. cities as a collection of curfews didn’t quell confrontations between some protesters and police.
Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged final Friday with third-degree homicide within the dying of 46-year-old Floyd.