A six-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport, urged the countries all across the world to remove the ‘racist symbols’.
According to a report by BBC Sport, British racing driver, who races for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, reacted to the incident of toppling of the statue of a slave trader in Bristol.
“If those people hadn’t taken down that statue, honouring a racist slave trader, it would never have been removed,” BBC Sports quoted the Formula 1 driver as saying.
Slave trader must not be celebrated
The protest against racism started after killing of an unarmed George Floyd in US. In a video, a police officer appeared kneeling down on the neck of Floyd which caused his death.
Talking about racism and racist symbols, Hamilton insisted that they shouldn’t be celebrated anywhere in the world. He also added that the statue should remain stay in the river forever.
“There’s talks of it going into a museum. That man’s statue should stay in the river just like the 20,000 African souls who died on the journey here and thrown into the sea, with no burial or memorial. He stole them from their families, country and he must not be celebrated!”
Hamilton questions White House
The death of George Floyd made the people livid who have since then been protesting against the US Police and US President.
The Formula 1 driver too joined the rage over Twitter and questioned Donald Trump for his response to the demonstration.
Lewis Hamilton posted a picture of the slogan “Black Lives Matter” painted on the road leading to the White House and wrote: “And don’t you forget it”, reported BBC Sports.