After reports surfaced Monday that his Breonna Taylor shirt had sparked an FIA inquiry, Lewis Hamilton had a response by reaffirming his commitment to raising awareness about social justice and anti-racism efforts.
On his Instagram story Tuesday morning, the six-time Formula One champion wrote, “Want you to know that I won’t stop, I won’t let up, I won’t give up on using this platform to shed light on what I believe is right.
“I want to thank those of you who continue to support me and show love, I am so grateful. But this is a journey for all of us to come together and challenge the world on every level of injustice, not only racial. We can help make this place for our kids and the future generations.”
His Mercedes-AMG team reposted a screenshot of Hamilton’s IG story on its Twitter feed Tuesday with a raised fist.
— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) September 15, 2020
Hamilton, the only Black champion in F1 history, has been outspoken about the need for more diversity in F1, calling out drivers and teams for needing to do more against racism. He also has joined Black Lives Matter marches.
Mercedes has been supportive of Hamilton’s activism, redesigning its cars this year in all-black paint schemes as a stand against discrimination.
Mercedes principal Toto Wolff was quoted by the BBC as saying last weekend that Hamilton had the team’s full support to protest racism as he saw fit. “Whatever he does, we will support,” Wolff said.
Hamilton wore a shirt reading “Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor” before and after his victory Sunday at Mugello.
“It took me a long time to get that shirt,” Hamilton said afterward, according to The Associated Press. “I’ve been wanting to wear that and bring awareness to the fact that there’s people that have been killed on the street and there’s someone that got killed in her own house.”