This Morning presenter Alison Hammond has spoken out about the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody after a white police officer kneeled on his neck.
Since Floyd's death, Black Lives Matter protests have been taking place not only across the US, but across the world, too. A number of celebrities have also joined the demonstrations, or supported the movement through donations and speaking out against racial injustice.
Reflecting on the recent events, Alison spoke to Holly and Phil on yesterday's (June 2) This Morning, sharing her own fears as both a Black woman and a mother.
Speaking out in support of the #blackouttuesday event across social media, Alison appeared emotional as she revealed her reaction to seeing footage of George Floyd's arrest.
"Firstly, I am a mother...to a 15-year-old Black boy," she said. "When I saw that image of George Floyd, I saw my brothers, I saw my father, 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 that this is 2020 and we're seeing that," she added, before acknowledging that institutional racism has been "going on forever": "[For] my whole life, my mum's life, my father's life. Everybody's life."
Alison Hammond has made myself and countless others; laugh, feel joy and momentarily forget about our worries. So Please listen to her words now pic.twitter.com/7pYG5gC00Q— Scott (@scottgayham) June 2, 2020
Voicing her support for the Black Lives Matter movement, Alison called the organisation and its work "so very important and so wonderful".
She continued: "When I see my white [and] my Asian brothers and sisters standing by Black Lives Matter, it means they understand. They can't understand fully, but they understand what we are going through.
"It's all about the fact that if Black lives mattered, we wouldn't be in this situation now," Alison added. "So when Black lives matter, then all lives will matter."
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV.
For more information on how you can support Black Lives Matter, please visit its official website or donate here. Readers can also donate to the UK anti-discrimination group Stand Up To Racism, and the Unite Families & Friends Campaign, which supports those affected by deaths in police, prison and psychiatric custody.
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