Aoki Lee Simmons is following in the footsteps of Rihanna and has decided to publicly call out her non-black friends to step up and show real support for the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of Missouri police.
The daughter of model and businesswoman Kimora Lee Simmons took to social media where she posted a passionate post where she asked her pals, why they are silent?
The Harvard-bound student wrote: “My non-black friends, I cannot begin to unpack your silence. I am scared of what it will tell me. The things you are here for and the things you are not, what do they say about you? About me for choosing you? I am ashamed that this is as far as I will go, a toe in the water of truth.”
The teen daughter of Russell Simmons went on to explain: “Just a shade of the other side of myself, that side buried or surfaced that is blackness beyond color. Beyond my hair taking longer to style than yours while we sit side by side in the salon. But I see, and I see your silence. I understand now that you will only interact with the girl you understand because she is just like you, at a good school like you, a good family like you. But blackness? I guess that’s not like you.”
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Trigger Warning: Violence This child was charged with resisting arrest…when an arrest shouldn’t be taking place (he thought the child might have had a CIGARETTE). Apparently squirming around to avoid getting punched in the head by a grown man is illegal. Protecting yourself from unfair violence is illegal, just because it’s a cop being violent. Brian Fowell of the Rancho Cordova California Police Department. Give their chief of police Kate Adams a call at 916-875-9600 or 916-312-5115 and tell her (respectfully, remember this is not her) what you think of this how department treats children. #brianfowell #ranchocordovapolice @mrcheckpoint_ #alwaysfilmthepolice
She concluded by: “I don’t expect you to be a mind reader. You’ve been told explicitly in black and white and subtweet. You know the brutal message I have received. If black people need you, I need you. And you know me, right? Your study buddy, your dance partner, your romantic interest, the very same. So don’t say you didn’t know, I’ve just told you. Be honest, and say for that side of me, you didn’t care.”
Aoki concluded by: “Feeling black, might delete later #georgefloyd.”
Many fans begged her not to delete the post because the message is important.
One supporter stated: “Thank you. It’s hard, but we must keep speaking on this. The silence from some is deafening.”
Another commenter said: “So powerful! Don’t ever delete. I love this so much and your beautiful family. Thank you for using your platform for greatness. 👑🙌🏾💜🧿”
This backer shared: “Speak on it, A!!!! Their silence is deafening, but they’ll want you to TikTok till the day’s long…#wearetiredofthissh*t.”
A fourth supporter revealed: “Baby girl doesn’t delete this; there are white people who got black people in their lives, so please don’t think that your voices aren’t going heard. I hear you, I see you, and you matter!
You speak life into the words u write… write on Young Queen.”
This Instagrammer wrote: “So powerful! Don’t ever delete. I love this so much and your beautiful family. Thank you for using your platform for greatness. 👑🙌🏾💜🧿”
The movement is reaching new heights.