Lady Gaga Hands Her Instagram Over to Racial Justice Groups

"I support the unsupported voices of the Black community."

Racism will not be tolerated on planet Chromatica.

Lady Gaga has taken a stand against systemic racism and police brutality by leveraging her planet and putting her money where her mouth is. On Thursday, the Chromatica queen announced in a lengthy Instagram post that she is donating to 10 racial justice organizations, including Black Lives Matter, the Marsha P. Johnson Institute, and Color of Change.

“I applaud the brave citizens of this nation that are speaking up, and I support the unsupported voices of the Black community,” Gaga wrote on Instagram. “I wish for their voices to be heard loudly and clearly, and that they feel loved and amplified by allies. … I have endless compassion in my heart as we struggle as one nation to find bold and effective solutions to an insidious and systemic problem that’s plagued our country since its birth.”

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Because of the voices of the people, a principle this country was founded upon, now all four officers have been arrested for the racist and brutal murder of George Floyd. I hope that all cops who have engaged in or are engaging in any racist activity are met with the highest form of law & order, although we know the law & order in this country is predicated upon racism and is itself corrupt. We are once again witnessing the devastating and overwhelming evidence of police brutality and prejudicial responses from prosecutors and local officials. I also hope for the families of all Black lives who have been taken from us to see justice and healing though I believe many of us know we sadly cannot promise that. I applaud the brave citizens of this nation that are speaking up, and I support the unsupported voices of the Black community. I wish for their voices to be heard loudly and clearly, and that they feel loved and amplified by allies. I know you know how much I believe in kindness. The spirit of this movement is intrinsically rooted in a universal dream of kindness and it’s precisely that same kindness that I am wishing for those that are suffering tonight. I have endless compassion in my heart as we struggle as one nation to find bold and effective solutions to an insidious and systemic problem that’s plagued our country since its birth. Here are some of the important advocacy organizations I’m donating to in support of this continuous fight for racial and social justice. I encourage you to learn about the important work they do and how you can get involved. Black Lives Matter.

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Later that day, the “Stupid Love” singer unveiled her plan to hand her Instagram over to activists from the groups she’d donated to “in an effort to amplify their important voices.”

She also vowed to “regularly, in perpetuity, across all of my social media platforms, post stories, content, and otherwise lift up the voices of the countless inspiring members and groups within the Black community.”

The activism from Mother Monster come a week after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd’s killing—and the untimely deaths of countless other Black Americans, including Tony McDade of Florida and Breonna Taylor of Kentucky—have prompted protests against racism and police brutality nationwide.

It’s hardly Gaga’s first time giving back to marginalized groups or those in need. Back in April, the Grammy winner joined a bevy of other cherished pop divas in supporting the fight against COVID-19. She helped raise a whopping $35 million for the World Health Organization (WHO), no thanks to our perpetually problematic President, who has said the U.S. will cut ties with the international organization.

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