Lewis Hamilton blasts ‘white-dominated’ F1’s ‘silence’ over George Floyd death

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Lewis Hamilton has hit out at Formula One’s “white domination” for staying silent amid the continued protests surrounding the death of George Floyd.

The Mercedes driver and six-time world champion is the sport’s only black driver and has regularly spoken out about the lack of diversity.

Floyd, who is black, died in police custody in Minnesota, US, after a white police officer knelt on his neck.

The incident has sparked protests in cities throughout the United States.

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged on Friday with the murder of Floyd, who was 46.

But Hamilton has hit out the lack of support from “the biggest stars” and claims he “stands alone”.

Lewis Hamilton has hit out at the lack of outcry from senior figures

He wrote: “I see those of you who are staying silent, some of you the biggest stars yet you stay silent in the midst of injustice. Not a sign from anybody in my industry which of course is a white dominated sport.

“I’m one of the only people of colour there, yet I stand alone.

“I would have thought by now you would see why this happens and say something about it but you can’t stand alongside us. Just know I know who you … are and I see you…”

Sports stars across the globe have lent their support

He went on to say in another post: “I do not stand with those looting and burning buildings but those who are protesting peacefully.

“There can be no peace until our so called leaders make change.

“This is not just America, this is the UK, this is Spain, this is Italy and all over.

“The way minorities are treated has to change, how you educate those in your country of equality, racism, classism and that we are all the same.

“We are not born with racism and hate in our hearts, it is taught by those we look up to.”

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