Gary Clark Jr. took to Instagram to talk about the homicide of George Floyd by police, and the widespread racism and police brutality it is however a small instance of, as Rolling Stone factors out. With the caption “ideas,” Clark started his over nine-minute video by saying, “I’ve been quiet just a few days as a result of I don’t know what to say.” He continued:

I’m bored with crying on TV. I’m bored with being offended. I’m bored with being unhappy about it, bored with feeling depressed and anxious and fucked up. I really feel like each time I stroll out of my goddamn home, I might die right now. I’m a six-foot-four black man. I’m in all probability a few of y’all’s worst nightmare. In the event you didn’t know me, I’ve seen you stroll throughout the road at night time whereas I’m standing out entrance of my resort smoking. I seen you clutch your shit on the subway.

My intentions are good, my coronary heart is sweet — as George Floyd, as Breonna Taylor, as Ahmaud Arbery. We simply wish to get up within the morning, go and take advantage of out of what we are able to, get what we are able to for ourselves and for our household and go the fuck again residence. That’s all. Why’s it so arduous? Why is {that a} fear and a problem?

I do know that a few of you proper now are sitting round and jamming to Jimi Hendrix or Kendrick Lamar and Robert Johnson. Stevie Marvel. And to these of you too particularly, musicians out right here, who you might be, man. Calling yourselves blues guys and R&B singers and shit. Enjoying Freddie King all through your entire fucking set. Albert King lyrics all night time lengthy. B.B. King. Speaking “Robert Johnson was the best!” and shit. Y’all reward them on their birthdays and the times that they handed.

However the place are you standing up once we’re mendacity on the bottom? We acquired knees in our necks. We acquired weapons pointed at us, unarmed. We acquired our palms up within the air they usually shoot us lifeless. Y’all recognize us once we’re excessive and mighty and superstars, however once we need assistance, you bought nothing?

“This made me so uncomfortable,” Brandi Carlile wrote within the feedback. “And I’m actually grateful for it.” Watch the complete speech beneath.

In the meantime, Gary is scheduled to look on Let’s Keep in Collectively, a digital profit to assist Harlem’s historic Apollo Theater. Dionne Warwick, Doug E. Recent, Teddy Riley, Kool & the Gang, DJ D-NICE, Kirk Douglas of The Roots, Michael McDonald, Robert Randolph, Lil Buck and Jon Boogz, Infinity’s Track, Ray Chew, Warren Haynes, Celisse Henderson, Roy Wooden Jr., Keb Mo, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, DJ Reborn, Ziggy Marley, Vernon Reid and particular visitors are additionally set to look, and this is extra in regards to the occasion:

Music has the unimaginable energy to attach, rework and heal. We hope you’ll assist the Apollo Theater and be part of us for a particular occasion that includes music that lifts our spirits, shapes our lives, and continues to unite us all.

In response to the pandemic and the cancellation of Apollo-produced reside occasions by way of the month of June, the Apollo has established an emergency aid fund to financially stabilize the Theater and safeguard its future. As well as, a portion of the funds raised will probably be allotted for micro grants to assist native retailers and small companies within the 125th Road neighborhood impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Initially scheduled for tonight, June 2, it is now been rescheduled to Thursday, June Four at 7:30 PM ET. Organizers write:

The Apollo Theater stands with #TheShowMustBePaused.
In observance of Black Out Tuesday and in solidarity with our artists, neighbors, and the worldwide neighborhood, our profit – Let’s Keep (IN) Collectively – has been rescheduled from June 2 to June 4.

That is solely a pause, as a result of the motion for racial justice doesn’t cease.

Neither can we.

As a commissioner, presenter and cultural convener, the Apollo stays dedicated to our mission of supporting Black artwork and tradition, creating areas for artists to precise themselves freely, and advocating for the security, dignity and justice for Black individuals worldwide.

We hope that after the pause you’ll be part of us on June 4,to take a stand for the tradition.
Maintain Black establishments and assist organizations that unapologetically use their platforms to additional social justice.

Love Black Folks Like You Love Their Tradition.

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