Lewis Hamilton ‘overcome with anger’ following George Floyd’s death and US riots

Lewis Hamilton has written an emotional Instagram post where he declared he was “overcome with rage” that racism is still an issue in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death.

Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after being arrested in the American state of Minnesota.

That has sparked wild riots in parts of the States while protests have also taken place worldwide, including in London, Manchester and Cardiff.

Hamilton initially hit out at his fellow F1 stars for not speaking up on the incident.

The criticism led to a number of high-profile drivers using their social media platforms to try and help the Black Lives Matter movement.

Six-time F1 world champion Hamilton then wrote an extended post where he delved into his true emotions.

Accompanying a photo of a clenched first – the symbol of the Black Power movement – Hamilton 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.

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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. 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 everyday and should not have to feel as though we were born guilty, don’t belong, or fear for our lives based on the colour of our skin. Will Smith said it best, racism is not getting worse, it’s being filmed. Only now that the world is so well equipped with cameras has this issue been able to come to light in such a big way. It is only when there are riots and screams for justice that the powers that be cave in and do something, but by then it is far too late and not enough has been done. It took hundreds of thousands of peoples complaints and buildings to burn before officials reacted and decided to arrest Derek Chauvin for murder, and that is sad. 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 colour of your skin. Black Lives Matter. #blackouttuesday ✊

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“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 everyday and should not have to feel as though we were born guilty, don’t belong, or fear for our lives based on the colour of our skin.

“Will Smith said it best, racism is not getting worse, it’s being filmed. Only now that the world is so well equipped with cameras has this issue been able to come to light in such a big way.

“It is only when there are riots and screams for justice that the powers that be cave in and do something, but by then it is far too late and not enough has been done.

“It took hundreds of thousands of people’s complaints and buildings to burn before officials reacted and decided to arrest Derek Chauvin for murder, and that is sad.

“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 colour of your skin. Black Lives Matter.”

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