The official Instagram account of Pearl Jam posted the statement of the band’s guitarist Mike McCready regarding the protests against racial injustice and emphasized the ongoing systemic oppression in America.
As you might remember, a 29-years-old Black man, Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by the police officers in front of his children last week in Kenosha, Wisconsin. After the footage of an unarmed Black man’s shooting spread on social media, protests erupted across the state.
Many celebrities and musicians showed their support for the protests on social media platforms. Moreover, the players of NBA, WNBA, MLB, and MLS showed their reaction against the racial injustice and police brutality by taking a knee before the games.
Recently, the official Instagram account of Pearl Jam shared a statement related to the demonstrations written by the band’s guitarist Mike McCready. In his statement, Mike talked about the ongoing systemic racism in America which existed almost every part of the society.
He also mentioned the awakening of Americans about the long-going problem and added that the only solution was to use every resource we had to bring peace and equality together in our country.
Here’s what Mike McCready wrote in his statement about the protests related to Jacob Blake:
“Thank you, NBA, WNBA, MLB, and MLS for using your platform to protest and stand for equality in this country. We have to be continuous allies because we are up against 400 years of systemic oppression written into the laws of this country – laws that made it impossible to protest, vote, send kids to better schools, access hospitals, choose where to live, and even around marketing alcohol.
Systemic racism goes deep and is embedded in our laws. In the neighborhood where I grew up, they had sundown laws. A local real estate company used to write in legal deeds of houses that the ‘property shall not be resold, leased, rented, or occupied except to or by persons of the Aryan race…’
This stuff existed all around us but many of us are still blind to the extent of it and its impact. Only now is America finally waking up. As Martin Luther King Jr. said, ‘the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.’ I have to believe in the inherent value of protesting as part of the fabric of America. Everyone has to use the resources available to them to bring about equality. #JacobBlake – Mike McCready.”
You can see the statement posted by the official Instagram account of Peal Jam below.