Halfway across the world, Lewis Hamilton is fighting for justice.
One of Formula 1’s greatest racers has been vocal on social media in highlighting racial inequality across the world. This past weekend at the F1 Grand Prix of Tuscany, Hamilton, a United Kingdom native, wore a shirt that read “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”
“It’s been 6 months since Breonna Taylor was murdered by policemen, in her own home,” Hamilton wrote. “Still no justice has been served. We won’t stay silent. #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor.”
Following his win Sunday, Hamilton said, “I’ve been wanting to bring awareness to the fact there are people being killed on the street.
“And someone was killed in her own house and they were in the wrong house and those guys are still walking free.”
Police in Louisville, Kentucky, shot and killed Taylor while executing a no-knock warrant at her home. She was 26. The city agreed to a $12 million settlement with Taylor’s family on Tuesday.
Per the BBC, Formula 1 officials had considered investigating whether Hamilton’s shirt broke any circuit rules, but that has been ruled out. Previously, he wore a “Black Lives Matter” shirt, while other drivers and crew members donned “End Racism” attire.
Notably, Hamilton has the full support of the Mercedes F1 organization.
“Whatever he does, we will support,” team CEO Toto Wulff said. “The team is fighting against any kind of racism and discrimination and it is Lewis’ personal fight for Black Lives Matter and with all the support we can give him. It’s his call.”
Hamilton, 35, is biracial. He’s won five of the last six F1 titles.
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