Lady Gaga has urged fans to “unlearn” the beliefs of white supremacy.
The ‘Poker Face’ hitmaker received the Yolanda Denise King Higher Ground Award at the King Center’s Beloved Community Awards over the weekend in recognition of her work as an artist as co-founder of the Born This Way Foundation – which supports the mental health of young people and works with them to create a friendly world – their campaign in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and their advocacy of ensuring PPE was distributed to healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Gaga – who was introduced by Jennifer Hudson at the event – paid tribute to “Blacks, Browns and Indians” for their “resilience”.
She said: “I dedicate this award to blacks, browns and indigenous people.
“Triumphant people, whose resilience is the vital force of every beloved community in this land. Black, brown, and indigenous peoples continue to thrive amid systemic oppression, thriving with radical joy, and creating fulfilling and beautiful lives without excuse, despite the systems of white supremacy designed to prevent them from doing it. “
The 34-year-old star then stated that she felt that “as whites, we have a responsibility to unlearn behaviors and attitudes” that stem from the society-based beliefs of white supremacists.
She added, “White people, I believe we need to correct our wrongs without shame. We need to change our actions and do this for ourselves …
“I don’t lose the color of my own skin. I believe that community is possible when and when people who look like me – other white people – commit to unlearning.
“By unlearning I can go through the world differently. Unlearning means looking for racialized social constructs in every part of my life – every day, all day. “
Gaga only then insisted that justice “can finally be realized”.
She concluded, “Justice can finally be realized, at least in part, if and when people who look like me commit to a life of unlearning.”