The Beatles‘ iconic drummer Ringo Starr posted the picture of Paul McCartney‘s recent statement about racism on Instagram and he wrote about his support for everyone speaking up for justice and a better world.
Yesterday, on Instagram, The Beatles’ bassist and singer Paul McCartney released a statement about racism and shared a story about the band’s Jacksonville concert in 1964 as an example of their attitude towards it.
Here’s Paul McCartney’s statement about racial injustice:
“As we continue to see the protests and demonstrations across the world, 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. 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.
In 1964 The Beatles were due to play Jacksonville in the US and we found out that it was going to be to a segregated audience. It felt wrong. We said ”We”re not doing that!” and the concert we did was to their first non-segregated audience. We then made sure this was in our contract. To us, it seemed like common sense.
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.
All of us here support and stand alongside all those who are protesting and raising their voices at this time. 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.”
As a response to the 77-year-old icon’s remarks, Ringo Starr reposted the photo and added:
“As my brother, Paul said The Beatles always stood for equal rights & justice and I’ve never stopped working for peace & love ever since. #blacklivesmatter, #peaceispossible – I send my peace love & continuous support to everyone marching & speaking up for justice & a better world 😎✌️🌟❤️“
You can see the post Ringo Starr shared on his official Instagram account below.
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As my brother Paul said The Beatles always stood for equal rights & justice and I’ve never stopped working for peace & love ever since. #blacklivesmatter, #peaceispossible – I send my peace love & continuous support to everyone marching & speaking up for justice & a better world 😎✌️🌟❤️