Lewis Hamilton lights the fuse after his sport appears to have remained silent on the subject of racism in the hands of a Minnesota police officer following George Floyd’s death. The statements of the Mercedes Benz AMG Petronas driver sparked comments from his passengers in Formula 1.
“I see those of you who are silent, some of you are the biggest stars, but you are silent in the midst of injustice,” wrote Hamilton on his official Instagram account.
“I would have thought by now that you would see why this is happening and say something about it, but you cannot stand next to us. Just know that I know who you are and I see you, ”he continued.
That six times F1 driver champion however, stated that he only supports peaceful protests, not those who simply take advantage of the situation to loot people and destroy property, as we just saw in Oakland, California, where rioters burned a Mercedes-Benz dealership .
Hamilton called on the leaders of European nations to reform the way they deal with minorities.
“The way minorities are treated needs to change, how you educate people in your country about equality, racism and classicism and that we are all the same,” said the F1 driver.
“We are not born with racism and hatred in our hearts. It is taught by those we look up to, ”added the Briton.
Hamilton’s criticism came after top athletes like Michael Jordan, Lebron James and Serena Williams shared their thoughts on Floyd.
F1 drivers respond to Hamilton’s remarks
According to his scathing words, other F1 drivers have responded by supporting those who fight against racism.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc apologized for his inability to comment on the matter lately when he “struggled to find the words to describe the atrocities” of the videos he was watching. He called for the spread of awareness and “speak out against injustice” when using the tag “#BlackLivesMatters”.
Other drivers made the same point, while Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo insisted: “Seeing the news over the past few days has saddened me, what happened to George Floyd and what continues to happen in society today is a shame”.
Like the rest of the group, the Australian driver indicated that “unity and action” rather than “force or silence” should be used to resolve the matter.