Read Kelela’s Powerful Statement On Racism And Allyship

“I’m tired of white people telling me what I should feel.”

September 21, 2016

In the wake of the recent deaths of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of police officers, Kelela has taken to Instagram to voice her opinion on racism, allyship, and the role of white people in struggles against oppression.


"People who are not black need to be listening (not talking or making suggestions) right now," the singer writes in the first part of the note. "White people: ask your close black friends how you can support them…ask them what they need. If they’re over answering that question, Google ‘white privilege’ and learn about it."

She concludes the statement by writing, "I think it’s time for white people to own the about-face and complacency they are a part of every day. One of my mentors (that happens to be white) once said that racism isn’t POC’s problem to solve. That if we want white supremacy to be over, white people would have to give up the power/privilege.”

Read Kelela's note below.

Posted: September 21, 2016