“This is my beautiful innocent black baby,” the model, 29, captioned a close-up Instagram shot of her infant on Sunday, May 31. “As your mother I will protect you in anyway I can. But I know that will never be enough. Your skin color will impact your life in a way I will never be able to understand.”
The British star went on to write, “Your father, [Philip Payne], will have to teach you things as a privileged white child I never had to learn.”
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This is my beautiful innocent black baby. As your mother I will protect you in anyway I can. But I know that will never be enough. Your skin colour will impact your life in a way I will never be able to understand. Your father @philipapayne will have to teach you things as a privileged white child I never had to learn. Your friends will need to be allies and speak up for you at times when simply being you could get you hurt or killed. Now it’s on all of us to educate ourselves. Ive asked far too many questions to my black loved ones when they are already exhausted and grieving for their community. It’s not on them to educate us privileged folk. We need to do our own research into the deep rooted history of racism. Ask ourselves questions like why we are shown the graphic videos of black people being murdered on the news yet you’ll never see a video of a white person being murdered? There are many ways in which systematic oppression is used everyday, especially to continue to spread fear and separation between races. Who is going to read up with me? I will find my own materials from black journalists and thought leaders but please text me any recommendations if you feel up to it +1(310-340-1989) If you’re not outraged and trying to figure out how you can do your bit ask yourself if your daughter or son, sister or brother was at risk everyday of being murdered for the colour of their skin would you not be doing everything you could. Every opportunity, every micro aggression, constant racial profiling all feeding into oppression. Signing petitions, donating and calling to support is the least we can do. Let’s have the discussions with our families, campaign to get police reform and continue to learn more so we can combat systemic racism everyday. We must use our white privilege to do better in memory of all those who’ve had their lives ended, futures taken and have to fight discrimination every single day… #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaudarbery #justiceforbreonnataylor #blacklivesMatter Any stories you’d like me to share on my platform text me +1(310-340-1989) as I often miss DMs❤️ Graphics by @courtneyahndesign
The “outraged” Aerie model shared a slideshow of graphics with her followers explaining white privilege and system racism, as well as listing organizations to donate to.
“If you’re not outraged and trying to figure out how you can do your bit, ask yourself if your daughter or son, sister or brother was at risk everyday of being murdered for the color of their skin would you not be doing everything you could?” Lawrence concluded. “Every opportunity, every micro aggression, constant racial profiling [is] all feeding into oppression.”
She shared the post on her Instagram Story that same day, writing, “I’m aware this post won’t be perfectly worded, but we have to speak up. Being silent is being complicit.”
The new mom penned her message for her infant one week after George Floyd was killed on May 25 when a police officer pressed a knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes. In the wake of Floyd’s death, thousand of protestors in cities across the U.S. have demanded justice and advocated for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lawrence and Payne, 32, welcomed their child in April. “Thank you @philipapayne you’ve shattered any expectation I had of you as a father already I am so proud you’re my partner and I’m holding back tears writing this and every time I look at you with our baby,” Lawrence captioned their baby’s Instagram reveal. “Love you and love our family unconditionally.”
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