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Rock & Metal Musicians React To George Floyd's Death & Protests That Ensued This Weekend

A global protest sparked after police violence.

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The protests raged on all across the country and the world for a third day, yesterday, May 30th, as the world reacted to the death of George Floyd. Floyd was stopped by police after a bad check, and the restrained and put on the ground with the knee of the arresting officer on his neck. After numerous pleas for help, saying he couldn't breathe, and begging for water, video footage shows the life slowly leaving his body. Three officers stood guard and watched it happen. The haunting footage led to protests for the arrest of Derek Chauvin, who has been taken into custody. All the officers involved have been fired.

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The entire world is reacting and the rock and metal world is no different, with many chiming in, and perhaps none more vocal that Body Count frontman Ice-T, somebody who does not shy away from political messages. Some of his recent tweets include:

Here is a collection of other musicians and artists that have spoken up:

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You get killed just for living in… your American Skin

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Quote from @berniceaking: “If you’re unbothered or mildly bothered by the 1st knee, but outraged by the 2nd, then, in my father’s words, you’re ‘more devoted to order than to justice.’ And more passionate about an anthem that supposedly symbolizes freedom than you are about a Black man’s freedom to live And you’re more caring concerning a flag than you are concerning a fellow human being. That’s inhumane, tragic and unjust. That’s dangerous for Black people and deadly for #GeorgeFloyd” – I know not everyone wants to hear this. I’ve been quiet the last few days, have fun stuff to share but just can’t right now. I know not everyone is a fan of “taking the knee,” a common critique being “How dare this guy who was paid x-amount of dollars for sitting out the season have the nerve,he’s not even that good a player, how dare he disrupt the game, not pay fealty to the flag" blah blah blah. Ok. I don’t follow sports closely. Maybe indeed this is a case of “right message/wrong messenger.” But if that’s the case, let me ask you this: Does an imperfect messenger give license to ignore the message? Honestly, I don’t see how we can. In 2 wks alone, we’ve watched 2 black men die on film. #GeorgeFloyd – who had the cops called for suspicion of a bad check (a bad check?!) – choked to death in plain view of witnesses.Also yesterday (same day): a revolting woman in my city makes a fake “damsel in distress” emergency call to NYPD, in mock tears..”An African-American man is threatening me!!” when simply asked to leash her dog (yes those ARE the rules in this particular area of the park). He (#ChristianCooper) has expressed regret over the scale of backlash against her but she’s undeserving of his decency after her dog & pony show (her dog, visibly abused, has been taken away, thankfully) & she’s earned all the resulting fallout, imo. This is all in the shadow of jogger #AhmaudArbery, gunned down by non-cops, which led to a cover-up by authorities. Not on film: EMT #BreonnaTaylor, shot dead by police raiding the WRONG HOUSE. This is all in JUST 2 WEEKS. No one is saying “all cops are bad,” or “all white people are bad." Don’t twist words. All that’s being said is: THIS IS NOT OK

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Please Stop rioting… #PeaceAndLove

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