The Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm, the entertainment company behind the iconic and beloved Star Wars franchise, has officially spoken out in support of John Boyega’s Black Lives Matter speech. In fact, they’re actually spreading the word of it on their Twitter account.
On the official Star Wars Twitter account, Lucasfilm writes: “We stand with and support you, @JohnBoyega. View his full speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGXEB25WdyQ.”
— Star Wars (@starwars) June 3, 2020
In the image next to a screen shot of Boyega from the demonstration, the company also shares a graphic that states, “LucasFilm stands with John Boyega and his message that, ‘Now is the time. Black lives have always mattered. Black lives have always been important. Black lives have always meant something.’ The evil that is racism must stop. We will commit to being part of the change that is long overdue in the world. John Boyega, you are our hero.”
The post was shared last night following the news of the former Minneapolis Police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck was charged with a new, more serious count of second-degree murder, and the three other officers on scene during his killing were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
In addition to Disney spreading Boyega’s speech, the company has also committed to donating $5 million to support justice nonprofit organizations including the NAACP and the United Negro College Fund.
The post, which went live yesterday at 7:02 p.m., has now surpassed 180k likes and over 48k retweets on Twitter.
Below is a full transcript of Boyega’s speech:
“This is very important; this is very vital. Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important, we have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless — and now is the time. I ain’t waiting! I ain’t waiting! I’ve been born in this country. I’m 28-years-old, born and raised in London. Every Black person understands and realizes the first time you are reminded that you were Black. You remember. Every black person in here remembers when another person reminded you that you were black.”
“I need you guys to understand how painful this s*** 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,” he added. “It is very, very important that we keep control in this moment and we make this as peaceful as possible … Because you know what, guys? They want us to mess up. They want us to be disorganized — but not today!”
“We need to take care of black women. They are our hearts; they are our future,” Boyega said through tears. “We cannot demonize our own. We are the pillars of the family. Imagine this: a nation that is set up with individual families that are thriving, that are healthy, that communicate, that raise their children they love, have a better rate of becoming better human beings. That’s what we need to create.”
“We can all join together to make this a better world,” he concluded. “We can all join together to make this special.”
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