Lady Gaga Gave A Powerful Speech For “Dear Graduate 2020” Addressing Police Violence And The Systemic Racism

Lady Gaga speaks out against police brutality in powerful message to this year’s graduating class. In a message recorded Sunday as part of YouTube’s “Dear Graduating Class of 2020 special,” The Chromatica artist opened up about the recent nationwide protests against systemic racial injustice, and Students are encouraged to take action.

Gaga began by explaining that before the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police sparked massive global demonstrations, she A different speech was originally recorded two weeks ago for the graduation special.

So, to honor the civil unrest and high-profile instances of police brutality during the protests, she decided to record something new.

“My speech at the time reflected and referenced the common experience of the COVID-19 epidemic that has ravaged the world this year, and what happens when you are How important it is to be a force for good in the world as you take the next step in your hopeful life,” explained Gaga.” While my original speech may not have been directly related to what this country needs most right now, I want to tell you today that while there are Lots of things to be sad about, but also lots of things to celebrate.”

The songstress said the county’s young people are now witnessing “a pivotal moment in the evolution of this country” and seeing the entire community ” Profound and important changes are taking place.”

“This change will be slow, and we must be patient,” she added.” But change will happen, and it will get better.”

The singer went on to explain that when looking past “my anger at this systemic oppression” and reflecting on the very existence of racism, this triggered images of nature in her mind. She compares America’s systemic racism to “a wide forest, densely packed with all the tall trees.”

“Trees that are as old as the country itself. These trees are filled with the seeds of racism. Growing prejudiced branches and oppressive leaves and broken roots that are buried and rooted deep in the soil, forming a sheet of A web so developed and so tangled that when we try to see how it really works, it pushes back and starts over. ” Gaga said.” This forest is where we live.”

“But in this moment, all of us are invited to challenge the system, to think about how we can affect real change.” She continued.” I believe in my heart that the people who are going to make that change happen are listening to me right now. I know this is true, because you are the seeds of the future. You are the seeds that will grow into a new and different forest, one that is more beautiful and more loving than the one we live in today.”

The “beautiful seeds” graduating this year “have been given a wonderful gift,” said Gaga. The opportunity to reflect on your ethics, your principles and your values in this powerful moment and how they will guide you through life , as it presents itself, when you wonder where it will take you.”

The singer said that in the original speech she recorded for her graduation address, she asked, “What does it take to be kind all the time?”

“Maybe that question still applies today,” says Gaga.” People can do difficult things. You can do the hard things. You can tear up and replant the forest and become the vision that only you can have.”

“Sometimes it’s hard to be kind. I’m sure you can think of classmates, friends, family, strangers, people, teachers at school, and even teachers you’ve made unkind Time to act.” She continued.” So, since being kind means doing a difficult thing, sometimes people can do difficult things and be kind even without being kind. I encourage you to be a kind person.”

“Congratulations to the Class of 2020.” Gaga concluded.” I can’t wait to see your forest.”

The YouTube Originals special, Dear 2020 Graduates’ Class of 2020) was filmed over the past few weeks. Its premiere was moved from Saturday to Sunday out of respect and reverence for Floyd’s memorial service.

The opening ceremony began with Lizzo and the New York Philharmonic performing “Pomp and Circumstance. ” opening, and a speech by Alicia Keys. The commencement speakers included Barack and Michelle Obama, BeyoncĂ©, BTS, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates ( Robert M. Gates), Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai ( Sundar Pichai) and Malala Yousafzai, among others.