Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock has spoken out after revealing her own heartbreaking story about racism.
Pinnock discussed the clip, which she posted Friday, with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on Tuesday’s “This Morning”.
The singer, who said a weight had been lifted since she’s been speaking out, shared, “This problem, it’s massive. We need to talk about it. There needs to be a change. We can’t go on like this anymore, over 400 years of oppression, it can’t go on anymore.
“I feel overwhelmed by it all, now the whole world is speaking about it. Hopefully, there is going to be a change. I feel hopeful.”
🖤🖤🖤🖤 the time for change is NOW x Leigh https://t.co/7tXBeAdIrm
— Little Mix (@LittleMix) June 9, 2020
Pinnock also spoke about her white friends now being able to have these conversations about race.
“I couldn’t have these conversations about race with my white friends, but now they’re educating themselves and having these awkward conversations. Finally, people are starting to wake up to this reality we’ve been living with for so long.”
Pinnock also discussed attending a protest Sunday, calling it “one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had in my life.”
She said: “So many different races there for change, for Black lives. It was overwhelming, peaceful, just beautiful.”
Pinnock’s comments come after she revealed she felt like she was “the least favoured” of Little Mix. She said when the group filmed their music video for “Wings” nine years ago, choreographer Frank Gatson, an African-American, told her: “You are the Black girl, you have to work ten times harder.”
Pinnock said in the clip, “Never in my life had someone told me I would need to work harder because of my race.”
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Like many of you, I have been feeling really heavy with everything that we are seeing online and hearing on the news. In the past I have mentioned some personal experiences that were triggered due to my race. More than ever I felt like it was time that I was completely open and honest with you all because finally, the world is awake and people want to listen, help and understand. I'm not doing this video for sympathy or for you to watch and then go about normal life. I'm doing it because enough is enough and hopefully from sharing this we can all do more to understand the racism that takes place. In doing this we are able to approach the bigger issue and break down systemic racism. All we want is equality and justice for our black community. 🖤
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