Pearl Jam reflect on “unconscious racism” following the death of George Floyd
Following the tragedy of George Floyd’s brutal murder at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin, an incident that has sent ripples across the world, Pearl Jam have made a statement that looks inwards and discusses unconscious racism.
Floyd was killed in Minneapolis while police attempted to arrest him. The unarmed African-American man was pinned down by four officers as officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Chauvin has since been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. His death has sparked protests across the globe as people unite to try to make sure that George didn’t die in vain.
Pearl Jam have now taken to Twitter to write: “Pearl Jam was started with a love for music and social justice. Our organisation has been reflecting on where unconscious racism is still showing up in our own lives and how we can do better.”
The band’s statement continued: “While we continue to dig in, we do not want to contribute to white voices overtaking the narrative that the Black community is sharing. It is the responsibility of each of us to listen and educate ourselves on how to be better humans sharing this planet.”
The stadium rock outfit then went on to write to share a link to an informative blog titled Performative Allyship Is Deadly which discusses different ways that white people can be allies to the black community.
The band also recently shared the animated video for ‘Retrograde’, taken from their latest album Gigaton and features a cameo from Greta Thunberg, with the climate change activist appearing as a clairvoyant.