John Boyega is sure being as vocal as ever, regardless of whose feathers get ruffled.
The “Star Wars” actor has over the last few weeks been applauded on social media for using his page to speak up against racism.
I love John Boyega for chatting as himself, not code-switching into a-political neutral actor mode. pic.twitter.com/MP1Qo7tnK0— Chimene Suleyman (@chimenesuleyman) May 28, 2020
He has now taken his voice and message to the streets, pouring out his heart at a recent London #BlackLivesMatter protest in response to the death of George Floyd.
The actor clearly stated in his speech that he does not care if his career hits the rocks.
Video clips of Boyega’s emotional speech at the protest are now making the rounds on social media, earning the actor even more accolades for speaking up for the black community.
“Black lives have always mattered,” he told demonstrators.
“We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting…We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd. We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence.”
“Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process,” he continued, holding back tears.
“We don’t know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don’t know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we’re going to make sure that won’t be an alien thought to our young ones.”
The actor also urged fellow protestors to keep the protest “as peaceful as possible” to avoid falling into the trap of law enforcement authorities. “wanting us to mess up”
He said, “I need you to understand how painful this shit is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn’t the case anymore, that was never the case anymore.”
Watch part of Boyega’s heartfelt speech :
JOHN BOYEGA: "BLACK LIVES HAVE ALWAYS MATTERED. WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN IMPORTANT."— laura ✨ (@admsamys) June 3, 2020
John's speech during a June 3 protest in support of Black Lives Matter at London’s Hyde Park. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/wk7A9prYHn