Motorsport responds to US Protests as Hamilton calls out Silent Community

Lewis Hamilton criticised those in motorsport for remaining silent over the #BlackLivesMatter protests that started in the US but are now taking place around the world. 

Protests have taken place after the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in Minnesota in May.

Hamilton posted the above on his Instagram story calling out his peers for remaining silent and complicit during the ongoing situation.

Hamilton has faced racism all through his career speaking about it in a televised interview when he was only 12 years of age.

“I’ve had racist names being called to me. The first time it happened I felt really upset. I told my Mum and Dad” said Lewis in the interview. “I’ll get them back on the track.”

In Spain in 2008 and 2009, fans wore blackface and T-Shirts saying “Hamilton’s Family” on them. These were downplayed at the time with Fernando Alonso calling it “isolated” and saying “the less it was talked about, the better.

Bernie Ecclestone went as far as to call it just a joke. He told BBC Radio: “There were a few people in Spain and that was probably beginning as a joke rather than anything abusive.”

Hamilton has been fighting and beating this inequality immensely from the beginning to the tune of his 6 world championships, the second most succesful wins in F1 and the most pole positions.

Other members of F1 have responded.

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Other drivers including Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez, Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen have also shared on the social media their support for the cause.

I have included a twitter thread below by Rou Reynolds that particularly resonated with me about everything going on and how to help.

If you have any questions and want answers or ways to help they are here.

Also this video by Dre Harrison on Motorsport 101 speaks very clearly about the everything and I urge you to watch it.

This is not a phase, or a trend to follow. This is a movement. To anyone reading this who has had to face the horror of atrocities like these then know that we stand with you.