ABBA’s Bjorn speaks out in support of Black Lives Matter protests
STOCKHOLM: “The world is stuffed with idiots,” mentioned ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus, as he condemned critics of the Black Lives Matter motion and voiced his help of the worldwide protests in opposition to racism and police brutality.
“The solidarity that we see within the streets of the cities around the globe now ought to give us hope,” the musician mentioned in a phone-recorded video given to Reuters.
The May 25 loss of life of George Floyd, an African-American, has sparked demonstrations around the globe over police remedy of ethnic minorities. A white police officer detaining him knelt on his neck for practically 9 minutes.
The musician, who has lately frolicked self-isolating in his native Sweden as a result of coronavirus pandemic, condemned these with out “the creativeness or will to place themselves within the place of a colored girl or man”, including that he believes such individuals to be within the minority.
Ulvaeus in contrast the Black Lives Matter protests to the #MeToo motion in opposition to sexual harassment, saying each “are about seeing the individual subsequent to you as an equal”.
“I see my grandchildren rising up with out an oz of the poison of racism in them, and I believe they’ll keep that manner,” he added.