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'Be angered, but be focused': Adele breaks her silence to condemn the killing of George Floyd in rare social media post as she insists 'racism is alive and well everywhere'

By Ryan Smith for MailOnline

Published: 22:38 BST, 1 June 2020 | Updated: 01:09 BST, 2 June 2020

Adele has broken her silence to condemn the killing of George Floyd, whose May 25th death in police custody has sparked protests around the world.

The 32-year-old singer took to Instagram on Monday, sharing a widely-circulated photograph of Floyd as she insisted that 'racism is alive and well everywhere'.

On Friday, ex-police officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after a video surfaced of him crushing 46-year-old Floyd's neck with his knee in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Speaking out: Adele has broken her silence to condemn the killing of George Floyd, whose May 25th death in police custody as sparked protests around the world. 

Throwing her support behind the Black Lives Matter movement, the Grammy-winning singer wrote: 'George Floyd’s murder has sent shockwaves around the world, there are countless others that haven’t.

'Protests and marches are happening all over the globe simultaneously and only gaining momentum. So be righteously angered but be focused! Keep listening, keep asking and keep learning!

'It’s important we don’t get disheartened, hijacked or manipulated right now. This is about systematic racism, this is about police violence and it’s about inequality. And this isn’t only about America! Racism is alive and well everywhere.'

Killed: A private autopsy ordered by the family of George Floyd has found that he was killed by asphyxia due to 'neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain' 

Taking a stand: The 32-year-old singer took to Instagram on Monday, sharing a widely-circulated photograph of Floyd as she insisted that 'racism is alive and well everywhere'

Protests: Floyd's killing while in police custody has led to protests across the globe. Demonstrators are pictured in New York City's Times Square on Monday

The mother-of-one concluded: 'I wholeheartedly stand in solidarity with the fight for freedom, liberation and justice ♥️ #blacklivesmatter #georgefloyd #saytheirnames.'

Adele's sentiments were echoed by a host of other celebrities on Monday, including Anna Paquin, Professor Green, Katie Piper, Peter Andre, and Camilla Thurlow.

Peter shared a quote from Malcolm X, which read: 'Freedom for everybody or freedom for nobody, adding the caption, 'Simple.' 

Sharing a quote from American author and poet Scott Woods, Camilla wrote: 'The right to protest is fundamental to holding the powerful to account.

'The powerful systems that are currently undermining that right are the very same ones that should protect all human lives equally but we know, not only from the events of the past few weeks but for hundreds of years previously, that this is not the case. 

Big support: A host of celebrities took to Instagram on Monday to support Black Lives Matter

'Police brutality against black people is unacceptable, so too is the systematic failure to protect black lives across history, to this day. It is an uncomfortable truth, but as a privileged white person I have benefitted from these powerful systems.

'I’m so sorry, and I commit to my responsibility to look out for discrimination, to call out racism, and to listen to what I can do better - in my home, in my friendships, in my work, in our nation and in our world - in order to be part of the deconstruction of oppression #blacklivesmatter #georgefloyd.'

Meanwhile, Helen Skelton wrote: 'Anyone else lie awake at night wondering how much you should tell your kids about the world?

'I try to keep my feed cheery and flippant but now is not the time to be silent. Grateful for black out Tuesday..... a chance to educate and hope.

'To listen and to learn. The anger and the pain I see breaks my heart, but it’s equally heartbreaking to kid them into thinking everyone is as nice as they ought to be. #blacklivesmatter #alllivesmatter #educate #theshowmustbepaused.'

Outcry: Countless stars shared their thoughts, as threw their weight behind the public outcry

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