Kendall Jenner has vowed to continue educating herself on how to become a better ally for black people.
Black Lives Matter protests have been taking place across the U.S., the U.K. and Europe in response to the death of unarmed African-American George Floyd, who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck on 25 May.
Many celebrities have subsequently spoken out about racial injustice on social media, and the model faced criticism for failing to show her support for the protesters or address Floyd’s death, with detractors even referencing her controversial 2017 Pepsi advert, in which she was seen calming down a protest by handing a police officer a Pepsi can.
On Monday, Kendall finally took to Instagram to speak out and urge users to follow her example and educate themselves more about the Black Lives Matter movement.
“To everyone reading this and to myself: keep researching, reading, and educating yourself on how we can become better allies. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking these past few days and my heart has been so heavy. I’m angry and hurt just like so many,” she began. “I will never personally understand the fear and pain that the black community go through on a daily basis, but i know that nobody should have to live in constant fear.”
“I acknowledge my white privilege and promise I will continue to educate myself on how I can help,” the 24-year-old continued. “This is a time to have those uncomfortable conversations with people and mainly with ourselves. we must also make sure we are ready to vote when the time comes to elect the right people into office.
“The one truth that will always ring loudest is that BLACK LIVES MATTER.. Rest peacefully George Floyd and all victims of this horrible injustice.”
Following backlash over the ad, Pepsi pulled it the following day and issued an apology. The model finally addressed the controversy on Keeping Up with the Kardashians six months later, with her tearfully telling viewers: “I would never purposely hurt someone, ever, and if I knew this would’ve been the outcome I never would’ve done something like this.”
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