Will Smith Uses His Mighty Social Media Platforms To Tackle Racial Injustice

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Will Smith is sharing messages about the ongoing fight against racial injustice with his massive social media following (45.8 million users on Instagram, to be exact). The movie superstar posted a video titled “No Justice, No Peace” highlighting the widespread action taken after the police killing of George Floyd.

“You always have a fight you don’t see coming,” Smith says in the opening clip. “I think there’s a historical river that is running red with the blood of truth-tellers. The beauty of being American, when we’re scared, we reach for our higher selves and not our lower selves.”

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The video features iconic civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela as well as Barack Obama’s recent speech about the protests around the country.

“Dr. King was a young man when he got involved,” Obama points out. “Cesar Chavez was a young man. Malcolm X was a young man. The leaders of the feminist movement were young people. Leaders of union movements were young people. You’ve communicated a sense of urgency that is as powerful and transformative as anything that I’ve seen in recent years.”

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“No Justice, “No Peace” also includes messages from current activists such as Phillip Agnew and Curtis Hayes in addition to 12-year-old Keedron Bryant singing “I Just Want To Live.”

After publishing his “No Justice, No Peace” video on Sunday (June 7), Smith followed it up the next day by uploading a clip from comedian Michael Che’s 2016 Netflix special Michael Che Matters. In his stand-up routine, the Saturday Night Live co-head writer pointed out the ridiculousness of being against the Black Lives Matter movement.

“Sometimes it takes a comic to really capture how SIMPLE this should be @chethinks,” Smith wrote in his Instagram caption.

View the “No Justice, No Peace” montage above and check out Che’s Black Lives Matter bit below.

Source: Hip Hop DX