Prince's Estate Shares His Powerful Handwritten Message About Intolerance to Mark His 62nd Birthday
Prince's handwritten message comes amid protests across the country over George Floyd's death
Prince's estate has shared an inspirational and timely message regarding racial intolerance to mark what would have been the late musician's 62nd birthday.
A handwritten note by Prince, who died in 2016, was shared on Instagram by his estate amid the protests against racial injustice and police brutality occurring in the U.S. following George Floyd's death.
"Nothing more ugly in the whole wide world than INTOLERANCE (between) Black, white, red, yellow, boy or girl. INTOLERANCE," Prince's handwritten message read.
The caption stated, "Prince dedicated his life to speaking out against injustice, advocating for black excellence, and spreading the message of 'Love 4 One Another.' In this note that he kept in his personal archives, he wrote a message that still resonates today."
The estate also shared a music video for Prince's song "Baltimore," which he wrote after Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died in 2015 while in the custody of the Baltimore Police Department.
The video contains footage from Black Lives Matter protests after Gray's death, as well as more African-Americans who have died while in police custody.
In the wake of Floyd's death, many prominent stars in the music industry have shared powerful messages about racial injustice in the country.
In a powerful video message, Beyoncé encouraged her fans to continue to raise their voices. “We need justice for George Floyd. We all witnessed his murder in broad daylight. We’re broken and we’re disgusted. We cannot normalize this pain,” the singer, 38, said. “I’m not only speaking to people of color, if you’re white, black, brown, or anything in between I’m sure you feel hopeless by the racism going on in America right now.”
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“We have known for a long time that President Trump has failed," Gaga, 34, wrote. "He holds the most powerful office in the world, yet offers nothing but ignorance and prejudice while black lives continue to be taken. We have known he is a fool, and a racist, since he took office. He is fueling a system that is already rooted in racism, and racist activity, and we can all see what is happening. It’s time for a change.”
To help combat systemic racism, consider learning from or donating to these organizations:
• Campaign Zero (joincampaignzero.org) which works to end police brutality in America through research-proven strategies.
• ColorofChange.org works to make government more responsive to racial disparities.
• National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help black youth succeed in college and beyond.