In a lengthy statement, Macca encouraged protestors while admitting no one has all the answers. "I know many of us want to know just what we can be doing to help. None of us have all the answers and there is no quick fix but we need change," he tweeted. "We all need to work together to overcome racism in any form. We need to learn more, listen more, talk more, educate ourselves and, above all, take action."
The 77-year-old icon then went on to recall The Beatles refusing to play for a segregated crowd in Jacksonville, Florida in 1964. "It felt wrong. We said 'We're not doing that!' and the concert we did do was to their first non-segregated audience," he wrote. "We then made sure this was in our contract. To us it seemed like common sense."
Unfortunately, more than six decades later U.S. citizens are still facing social injustice. "I feel sick and angry that here we are almost 60 years later and the world is in shock at the horrific scenes of the senseless murder of George Floyd at the hands of police racism, along with the countless others that came before," he declared. “I want justice for George Floyd’s family, I want justice for all those who have died and suffered. Saying nothing is not an option.”
In the thread, McCartney shared links to several organizations helping fight racism and seek police reform, including Black Lives Matter, Color of Change, the NAACP, Stand Up to Racism, Campaign Zero and Community Justice Exchange.
See Macca's full statement below.
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