Beyonce Accepts Award From Michelle Obama, Calls On Fans to "Dismantle The Racist And Unequal System"
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On Sunday, singer Beyonce received an award from former First Lady Michelle Obama during the BET Awards show. The acceptance speech, which was pre-recorded, showed the pop icon celebrating Black Lives Matter as she called on them to “dismantle the racist and unequal system.”
“Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain,” she said during the speech. “Now we have one more thing we need to do to walk in our true power and that is to vote. I’m encouraging you to continue to take action. Continue to change and dismantle the racist and unequal system.”
“We have to vote like our life depends on it, because it does,” she claimed in the speech.
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She continued by telling her audience to vote in November so they will be able to “walk in our true power.”
“Now we have one more thing we need to do to walk in our true power. And that is to vote. I’m encouraging you to continue to take action, continue to change and dismantle a racist and unequal system,” she said. “We have to continue to do this together, continue to fight for each other, and lift each other up. Because there are people banking on us staying at home during local elections and primaries happening in states across the country.”
“We have to vote like our life depends on it. Because it does. So please continue to be the change you want to see,” she finished.
The BET Award show was strongly centered around Black Lives Matter and the death of George Floyd. At one point during the show, DaBaby did a pre-recorded performance of him reenacting the killing of Floyd.
Check out what Fox News reported:
The music video opens with DaBaby laying flat on the ground with what appears to be a white police officer kneeling on his neck. The image was an obvious reference to Floyd, who died in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis.
The remainder of DaBaby’s video shows the artist performing atop a burning police car surrounded by masked protesters wearing shirts that read “Black Lives Matter,” “I Am George Floyd” and more. Other parts of the video show police in riot gear clashing with protesters as DaBaby and Ricch perform amidst the chaos.
Beyonce's comments were very similar to those of Michelle Obama who said just a couple of weeks ago that Hillary Clinton's loss in 2016 was a "slap in the face."
“I understand the people who voted for Trump,” Obama said. “The people who didn’t vote at all, the young people, the women, that’s when you think, man, people think this is a game. It wasn’t just in this election. Every midterm. Every time Barack didn’t get the Congress he needed, that was because our folks didn’t show up. After all that work, they just couldn’t be bothered to vote at all. That’s my trauma.”
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