John Boyega has been dealing with racism at a larger scale his entire career. In a time where the black community needs people to speak up the most, the Star Wars actor showed up and showed out.
Boyega attended a protest for the killing of George Floyd in London. It was there that he gave a speech that will raise goosebumps on people of all colors.
‘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. Every black person here remembers the time when another person reminded you that you were black.’
John nearly broke into tears when he continued his moving speech.
‘I need you 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.’
The actor recognized that he would get a lot of flak for what he was saying but he didn’t care.
‘I’m speaking to you from the heart. I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f*** that.’
It’s safe to say that his employment with Lucasfilms isn’t in danger considering that the company praised him for being a hero on their social media.
They also released a statement that stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
‘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.’
Jordan Peele, writer and filmmaker of notable movies, also shared a message saying: ‘We got you, John.’