The "Congratulations" rapper used his platform to address Floyd's horrific murder in a powerful message on Saturday (May 30).
“A platform is a terrible thing to waste, especially in times of heartache in our country and the entire world, and especially when someone has the ability to speak out,” Posty started, before explaining his absence from social media as of late. “Over the past few months I have been trying to distance myself from social media for my mental health, and by doing this and letting others have more control over posts on my pages."
“That being said, I see frustrations over the blatant miss-use of my social media,” the 24-year-old went on. “Especially, when I have a voice to speak loudly, and so far have not. I would like to apologize for that. I watched the video, and when I saw it, my heart sank into my stomach. I am so appalled and so heartbroken. I cannot believe in this day violence like that is so commonplace and still happening.”
Posty ended his message affirming his solidarity with those outraged over the killing of Floyd, the unarmed Black man former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin apprehended by kneeling down on his neck for several minutes despite Floyd's complaints of being unable to breathe.
“I stand with George Floyd," he wrote. "I stand with everyone taking a stand. I stand on the side of love. The officers involved must be held accountable for what they did. This can’t continue to go on. I pray that everyone taking risks and making they’re voices heard in powerful and impactful ways, stays safe, and knows that they are making a difference. Please take care of yourselves in this time. With love, Austin.”
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