Beyoncé is speaking out about the future of the fight against racial injustice. After days of worldwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism, the singer took to Instagram to encourage activists to keep the fight going and stay focused.
"The world came together for George Floyd," Beyoncé wrote alongside an aerial photo showing the massive crowd of protesters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where Floyd was killed by police on May 25.
"We know there is a long road ahead," she continued. "Let’s remain aligned and focused in our call for real justice."
Beyoncé's post comes the same day that three additional Minneapolis police officers -- all of whom had been fired for their involvement in Floyd's death -- were charged with aiding and abetting 2nd degree murder and manslaughter.
Charges were also raised against former officer Derek Chauvin from third degree murder to second degree murder. The new charges came shortly after State Attorney General Keith Ellison was put in charge of the prosecution.
While the songstress did not mention the charges against the officer's directly, her mother, Tina Knowles, celebrated what she described as a "victory" of justice and thanked everyone who protested and demanded accountability.
"To all the people who played a part in this victory. Whether you were physically on the front lines protesting. Getting shot by rubber bullets and tear gas, shouting at the top of your lungs. Or you joined a peaceful protest… Thank you to All who Contributed to the outcome which was successful, to get these guys at least arrested and charged," she wrote. "Now we have the task ahead of us to get them convicted. We must have the same diligence and tenacity to get this done, so thank you!"
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To all the people who played a part in this victory . Whether you were physically on the front lines protesting . Getting shot by rubber bullets and tear gas , shouting at the top of your lungs. Or you joined a peaceful protest ! Signed petitions, got your friends or family to sign it . Got your non black friends to sign one or speak up! For our non black friends who joined in the cause and were brave enough to speak up! For our Newscasters and television personnel that used their platform ! The activist and organizations that organized the protest. For the people who left frivolous post behind and posted about what was happening with this case everyday updating people on developments and vital info. The brave police that had the guts and stood up and admitted this was wrong what the police were doing. To the celebrities who spoke up , , took the time to do PSAs . Signed pettions posted information on your social media platforms, called your other celeb peers out to speak up , organized , marched , used your Art to express the change needed and to spotlight the injustice! Whether you donated money to the families of the victims, posted continuously! Supplied a platform to sign petitions and letters . Donated money to bail protesters out of jail, used your power to call the Governor and the prosecutors to help them see the truth and for them to do right thing., .risk your lives your career, make yourself a target of the right wing organizations , and sometimes shamefully your own people. Thankyou to All who Contributed to the outcome which was successful , to get these guys at least arrested and charged , now we have the task ahead of us to get them convicted . We must have the same diligence and tenacity to get this done , so thank you and if I left anybody else out I’m sorry!!! But in this victory let’s not forget that we don’t have the right to judge anyone for how they choose to protest. Or dictate how they should protest, they’re all equally important and contributed to this outcome!Remember no one has a monopoly on how to be an activist ! God Bless You !!!
Beyoncé had previously expressed support and solidarity with the protests and her horror at what happened to Floyd in an emotional message posted last Friday.
"We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We're broken and we're disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain," Beyoncé said. "I'm not only speaking to people of color. If you're white, black, brown, or anything in-between, I'm sure you feel hopeless about the racism going on in America right now."
For more on the ongoing protests and demonstrations being held across the world, see the video below.