Lizzo has admitted that she ‘lost all hope for the US’ in 2015 following the death of Jamar Clark, down the street from her home.
Black Lives Matter protests and public outcry circulated in Minneapolis when 24-year-old Jamar was shot and killed by police officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze.
Attending a public disturbance call at a birthday party, Ringgenberg and Schwarze arrested Jamar, who was helping to split up a row between his girlfriend and her friend.
He was unarmed when he was arrested and placed on the ground, and was then shot when resisting arrest.
The pair were put on administrative leave, and were later not charged for the death.
Speaking to David Lettermen about the new uprising of the Black Lives Matter movement for his Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, Lizzo explained how the death held significance to her as she struggled to cope with the news.
She said: ‘As a black citizen of this country I’ve been heartbroken by the way that we’ve been treated and seen my entire life. I remember there was a murder of a young black person on armed in Minneapolis down the street from my house, his name was Jamar Clark.
‘I wrote a song called My Skin and I was very like, ‘we got to make a change’. People were camping out for the precinct.
‘We were getting shot at, you know, by God knows who. It was scary, it was dark times, and then Tamir Rice, who was 12 years old, who was playing at a park got shot within seconds by a police officer.
‘Within seconds, a young black 12-year-old boy [died], and people politicised it. How can you politicise the murder of a child?
‘I was so numb, that I lost all hope for any type of change in this country.’
However, following the death of George Lloyd this year, Lizzo has said that she’s now hopeful to see a bigger change within the country and the justice system within it.
‘Change is painful, and I think you have to sign yourself up for that,’ she said.
‘This time, I saw something different. I saw the sudden allyship of young white people, which I’d never seen, and I also saw people in the news realise that it’s more than just a hashtag, and a moment, and a movement, and “oh, us complaining,” and that it’s a real systemic poison.
‘That got me for the first time a little hopeful. I can’t help but to be optimistic and hopeful.’
The Juice hitmaker is one of four celebrities about to be interviewed by the legendary talk show host for his new Netflix series, reflecting on her life and career.
Kim Kardashian, Robert Downey Jr and Dave Chapelle will also be opening up to the host, discussing the ups and downs of life in the spotlight.
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction returns October 21 on Netflix.
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