Halsey took to social media Saturday to detail her experience taking part in a George Floyd protest in Los Angeles, with the singer revealing that she sustained a bruise after being hit by a rubber bullet.
“A true patriot is someone who will rebel against the government if it becomes necessary, to protect the greater good of their fellow citizens. We are patriots,” Halsey tweeted Saturday.
“If you are not, you are a coward. THIS is what democracy looks like.”
The singer, who attended the Black Lives Matter rally in Los Angeles Saturday with Yungblud, also livestreamed the protest’s altercation with police officers.
i watched it happen! pic.twitter.com/f0iUaYteHj
— molly ✨ #BLM (@hopelessoceans) May 31, 2020
“Fired rubber bullets at us. We did not breach the line. Hands were up. Unmoving. And they gassed and fired,” Halsey tweeted.
The singer added, “I WAS NOT ARRESTED. Im safe. There were ppl I had to get to safety as many of them have VISAs. Myself + many of my peers were shot, gassed + antagonized. The frontline was calm + did not provoke. BUT MANY ARE NOT SAFE + MANY ARE IN CUSTODY.”
A true patriot is someone who will rebel against the government if it becomes necessary, to protect the greater good of their fellow citizens. We are patriots.
If you are not, you are a coward.
THIS is what democracy looks like.
— h (@halsey) May 31, 2020
In a since-deleted post on her Instagram (via Stereogum), Halsey uploaded a photo of her bruised leg. “This hit me through layers of fabric and for that, I am extremely privileged. At close range it would have caused serious injury. They were fired at peoples’ faces during peaceful moments of the demonstration.”
On Thursday, Halsey wrote of the death of George Floyd, “If you have friends and family who are privileged enough to ‘stay away from this kind of news’ then take that fucking privilege away. Uplift the voices of black members of your community voicing their fear or outrage or grief.”
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as many of you know George Floyd was a black man murdered by a police officer. He was unarmed and initially restrained for a nonviolent crime. Say his name. Share this information. If you have friends and family who are privileged enough to “stay away from this kind of news” then take that fucking privilege away. Uplift the voices of black members of your community voicing their fear or outrage or grief. 👉🏼👉🏼Text “FLOYD” to 55156👈🏼👈🏼 and sign the petition seeking justice. The officers in question have been terminated and given paid leave. This is not sufficient punishment for murder. They need to be prosecuted. if you’re staying silent you’re contributing to the problem. I am updated on my Twitter if you are looking for more resources and information. The link for donations to black lives matter is in my bio. #blacklivesmatter