Alison Hammond's Emotional Speech On Black Lives Matter Is Leaving People In Tears
The presenter, 45, spoke to Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield over the phone during yesterday's show, discussing the tragic incident and the Black Lives Matter movement.
George Floyd tragically died after he was arrested in Minneapolis. Footage showed police officer, Derek Chauvin - who has since been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter - kneeling on George's neck for longer than eight minutes despite him pleading: "I can't breathe."
Addressing the incident, Alison said: "I am a mother to a 15-year-old black boy.
"So, when I saw that image of George Floyd, I saw, my brothers, my father and I saw my son, I saw everybody's son and I was disgusted to my core.
"It hurt me to the pit of my stomach to think this is 2020 and we are seeing that and, let's be honest, this has been going on forever. My whole life, my mum's life, my father's life, everyone's life.
"I believe this movement, Black Lives Matter is so very important and so wonderful when I see my white, my Asian brothers and sisters standing by Black Lives Matter because it means they understand - not understand fully - but they understand what we are going through as black people.
"And don't get offended when I say black people, I'm not trying to offend white people, if you are offended by it you need to look within yourself. Just know, it's a basic goodness, appeal to your basic instinct of goodness.
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"[...] When black lives matter, then all lives will matter."
This Morning viewers flocked to Twitter to support the presenter, with one writing: "This broke me. She's such a shining light and to hear the pain in her voice... the despair for her brothers and sisters and especially worry for her son... heartbreaking."
"When black lives matter - then all lives will matter." So well put @AlisonHammond
- Hazel Somerville :flag_ee: (@h_somerville) June 2, 2020
While another said: "I have never understood racism & I never will. I sat & cried whilst listening to Alison. Nobody should never wake up & fear for their life . I stand proudly with Alison & everyone else."
"'When black lives matter - then all lives will matter.' So well put @AlisonHammond," tweeted another.
If you can spare the funds, there are a number of charities and organisations you can donate to in a bid to support the cause.
These include Show Racism The Red Card which educates people about racism using workshops, training programmes and multimedia packages.
You can also donate to the George Floyd Memorial Fund here,
Featured Image Credit: ITV/This Morning
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