Yesterday (January 16), Lady Gaga spoke on systemic white supremacy as she was honoured for her art and activism at the 2021 Beloved Community Awards, organised by the King Center, an organisation that aims to uphold the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Receiving the Yolanda Denise King Higher Ground Award, the Chromatica singer was specifically recognised for co-founding the Born This Way foundation, which campaigns for mental health and provides resources to help marginalised groups.
This award is a huge honor I am so humbled. Since I first heard from @TheKingCenter I’ve been working hard on what to say—almost one month. It’s seven minutes long—but it’s important and it’s from my heart. pic.twitter.com/8i6cqV1gKY
Receiving the award, Gaga continued to speak out against white supremacy. “I dedicate this award to Black, Brown and Indigenous people, triumphant people, whose resilience is the life force of every beloved community in this country,” she says in her acceptance speech. “Black, Brown and Indigenous people continue to thrive in the midst of systemic oppression, thrive with radical joy, unapologetically creating full and beautiful lives despite the systems of white supremacy that are intended to keep them from doing so.”
She also discusses the responsibility of unlearning a white supremacist worldview, as she touched on in an interview last year. “The colour of my own skin is not lost on me,” she says. “I believe the Beloved Community is possible when, and if, people who look like me – other white people – commit to unlearning.”