Pop music icon Lady Gaga believes that white supremacy is such a fundamental part of the United States that every American takes a sip from this poisonous well the moment they are born upon this soil.
Speaking with Billboard in a wide-ranging interview, the “Bad Romance” singer said that she has been working hard to undo the white supremacist ingrained in her from birth.
“I am in the process of learning and unlearning things I’ve been taught my whole life,” she said, as reported by The Hill. “When you’re born in this country, we all drink the poison that is white supremacy. Social justice is not just a literacy, it’s a lifestyle.”
Regarding the latest social media campaign that had high-profile celebrities posting black squares as their profile pics in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, Lady Gaga seemed to call it “performative activism.”
“What do I think about [posting] a black square? I think everybody has a different feeling about a black square,” Gaga said. “Do I think there’s such a thing as performative activism? Yes. Do I think there’s been true activism that’s been very important and needed? Yes. Do I believe Black lives matter? Yes. Do I believe this is going to get louder? Yes. Do I believe it should? Yes.”
In the same interview, Lady Gaga also criticized those who refuse to wear face masks to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s really wrong for us to go, ‘I’m uncomfortable [with wearing a mask] because I can’t breathe,’” she said.
“Give me a break,” she added. “Show some respect for the people who are there for us when we dial 911.”
Earlier this summer, following the death of George Floyd, Lady Gaga said that the country will change for the better.
“I wish to tell you today that though there is much to be sad about, there is also much to be celebrated. You are watching what is a pivotal moment in this [country’s] evolution…change will happen and it will be for the better,” she said.
Most recently, singer Demi Lovato told Vogue that she hated knowing that she shared the same skin color as those who have been accused of killing black people.
“All I knew was that I hated that I shared the same skin color as the people accused of committing heinous crimes against Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and many, many other Black lives,” she wrote. “After taking some time to educate myself, what I’ve learned is that to be a good ally, you need to be willing to protect people at all costs. You have to step in if you see something happening that’s not right: a racist act, a racist comment, a racist joke. And it’s not just with Black Lives Matter. It’s also with the Me Too movement. Finally, the world is waking up and it’s beautiful to witness.”
Author: Paul Bois