Actor John Boyega has delivered an uncompromising message against racism after fielding praise and backlash for Twitter posts about the subject.
The Star Wars actor posted about his hatred of racists on Wednesday following the death of an unarmed black man in police custody in the US.
He added that “WHITE on BLACK racism” had “ruined the world”, which sparked responses about other forms of racism.
He later doubled down against “racist white people” in an Instagram live.
His initial anger was sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, who was shown in a video groaning “I can’t breathe” as a white policeman knelt on his neck.
Boyega tweeted his hatred of racists before replying to a Nigerian man who said he broke up with his girlfriend because she was racist against white people.
The actor replied: “I am talking about WHITE on BLACK racism. The kind that has ruined the world not caused a little break up with your girlfriend.”
Replying to someone else who wrote that “racism can come from anyone”, he replied: “I don’t care. That’s not what I’m talking about.”
In the impassioned Instagram live, he then explained: “There’s no way that I have the opinion that there’s no other forms of racism. Of course there’s other forms of racism.
“But a black man was just murdered in cold blood in the street Stateside again, while saying he can’t breathe. That’s a continuous cycle going on. Although I don’t live in the States, I’m black.”
Boyega refused to back down, adding: “I said what I said.”
He received widespread support, including from Glee actress Amber Riley, who called him “a king”; actress Yvette Nicole Brown, from US sitcom Community; and Maze Runner star Dylan O’Brien.
Beside Boyega, celebrities including Beyonce, Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber and Cardi B have paid tribute to the 46-year-old and called for justice.
Cardi B wrote on Instagram: “Enough is enough! What will it take? A civil war? A new president? Violent riots? It’s tired! I’m tired!”
Bieber posted: “This makes me absolutely sick. This makes me angry this man DIED. This makes me sad. Racism is evil We need to use our voice! Please people.”