“Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but fuck that,” the actor said. “Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process. We don’t know what George Floyd could have achieved, we don’t know what Sandra Bland could have achieved, but today we’re going to make sure that won’t be an alien thought to our young ones.”

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Boyega continued:

I need you to understand how painful this shit is. I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing — and that isn’t the case anymore, that was never the case. We are a physical representation of our support for George Floyd. We are a physical representation of our support for Sandra Bland. We are a physical representation of our support for Trayvon Martin. We are a physical representation of our support for Stephen Lawrence, for Mark Duggan.

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The actor went on to ask protesters to remain “as peaceful as possible.” Referencing law enforcement, Boyega said, “They want us to mess up, they want us to be disorganizedbut not today.”