Ellen DeGeneres is using her platform to bring attention to the systemic racism occurring in the United States.
As protests turn violent, due to the death of George Floyd, who was killed by a Minnesota Police Officer during an arrest, Ellen wants to use her voice for “People who feel like they don’t have a voice.”
The talk show host took to Instagram in a video where she pleads for love, peace and communication. In the video, Ellen, who appears exasperated and tearful, as she speaks from her heart.
“I have been posting my thoughts and my stance on this but I haven’t spoken directly because I don’t know what to say,” Ellen began her video. “I am so sad and I am so angry, and I know I’m not going to say the right thing…I know that there are going to be a lot of people who are gonna be in disagreement with what I say, but I have a platform and I have a voice and I have always stood for equality.”
She went on, “I have always wanted to be the voice for people who feel like they don’t have a voice, because I know what that feels like. And maybe you don’t agree with how it’s coming out, but you have to understand it and then we can heal it. I’m just so sorry that it’s come to this. I really don’t know what to say other than this has gone on way, way, way, way too long.”
“People have gotten away with murder and that’s what is happening,” Ellen added. “So, we’ve gotta see fairness and we’ve gotta see justice for all, because right now, this is not a fair world. Not at all. I don’t know if it will ever be completely fair but we have a long way to go to even get close to being fair. ”
She concluded by saying “If you don’t understand this then you have never felt like you weren’t heard or you weren’t equal. But if you’ve ever felt that, magnify it and see what’s happening… Let’s send a whole bunch of love out there and try to find some peace and some communication in this.”
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In her caption for the video, Ellen asks her fans to take action. “Make a donation. Get informed. Make a phone call. Do it all from the link in my bio.”