Neil Young has published a brand new opinion piece through his official website to show support to the Black Lives Matter movement.
In the same article, Young explains that he believes the United States will become a “better country” after the protesters have successfully delivered their message. The musician also goes on to make predictions around the 2020 presidential race and blames President Donald Trump for “fanning the flames” amid growing anger.
“As an old white guy, I don’t feel threatened by my black brothers,” Young writes on his site. “I welcome him and his sisters. We have to deal with our white insecurities. I don’t feel any of those insecurities myself, (I have my own in other places). I will stand with my black brother. I want a better world for us all together. … My black brothers and sisters have suffered long enough.”
“Have hope,” he adds. “I feel a change…We know black lives matter. My heart goes out to all our black families affected, so that’s all the black families through American history. I feel like we are turning a corner. All Together, all colours on the street. We know our mission is the right one for America and for mankind.”
Detailing his criticism for Trump, Young added: “I think our president is responsible for a lot of this unrest we feel today as he has fanned the flames and turned us against each other for his political reasons,” he writes. “He is, in the end, just a poor leader who is building walls around our house. I believe he will be powerless soon and I wish him the best in his next life. That sorry man will not destroy the American dream. He can see his power slipping away with the support he is losing in his own party. It’s just the beginning of the end for him. I hope he and his family are safe through this transition.”
After previously supporting Bernie Sanders, Young has promoted the urge to vote for Joe Biden in a bid to remove Trump. “He will most likely be our new leader, bringing compassion and empathy back to the White House,” he writes.
“May the Great Spirit be with you, Joe Biden. I hope his new vice president will be Stacey Abrams, but I will take whoever he chooses. Stacey is my favourite from a good group of candidates. May the great spirit be with Joe Biden on his choices.”
Read Young’s article in full, here.