Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he attended a Black Lives Matter protest this weekend.
The Formula 1 champion shared the news with his 16.9 million Instagram followers.
He shared images of himself carrying a ‘Black Lives Matter’ sign wearing a T-shirt saying ‘Black is a vibe’.
Hamilton wrote: “Went down to Hyde Park today for the peaceful protest and I was so proud to see in person so many people of all races and backgrounds supporting this movement.
“I was proud to be out there acknowledging and supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and my black heritage. I was so happy to see people of all ages, sporting Black Lives Matter signs and saying it just as passionately as I was.
“I was also happy to see so many white supporters out there today in the name of equality for all. It was really moving. I’m feeling extremely positive that change will come, but we cannot stop now. Keep pushing.”
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Hamilton has been vocal in recent times, speaking out against racism. In June 2 post, he said he was ‘completely overcome with rage at the sight of such blatant disregard for the lives of our people’. He described the week following the May 25 death of George Floyd – after police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes – as ‘so dark’.
He wrote: “So many people seem surprised, but to us, unfortunately, it is not surprising. 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.”
Hamilton added that ‘unfortunately, America is not the only place where racism lives, saying: “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.”