The champion F1 legend has shared a lengthy statement on Twitter following the killing of George Floyd and the subsequent protests that have rocked America.
Hamilton, the first black champion in F1, wrote, “This past week has been so dark, I have failed to keep hold of my emotions. I have felt so much anger, sadness and disbelief in what my eyes have seen. I am completely overcome with rage at the sight of such blatant disregard for the lives of our people. The injustice that we are seeing our brothers and sisters face all over the world time and time again is disgusting, and MUST stop.”
He added, “Those of us who are black, brown or in-between see it every day and should not have to feel as though we were born guilty, don’t belong or fear for our lives based on the color of our skin. Unfortunately, America is not the only place where racism lives and we continue to fail as humans when we cannot stand up for what is right. Please do not sit in silence, no matter the color of your skin. Black Lives Matter.”
F1 also made a statement through its Twitter account, “We stand with you, and all people in the fight against racism. It is an evil that no sport or society is truly immune from. And it is only together we can oppose it and eradicate it. Together we are stronger.”