Lewis Hamilton has taken to social media to slam the people behind the Oscar awards for their lack of racial diversity.
The Formula 1 driver posted a photo of musicians John Legend and Commons with their Oscar that they won for best original song.
The song titled ‘Glory’ is taken from the film Selma which is about the 600 people who trekked from Selma to Montgomery nearly 50 years ago in 1965 as a part of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement.
Not one black person was nominated for a major award and host Neil Patrick Harris welcomed the show by joking “Welcome to the 87th Oscars. Tonight we honour Hollywood’s best and whitest, sorry brightest.”
And Hamilton has taken to Instagram to have his say on the situation. He said:
“Selma’s now for every man, woman and child
Even Jesus got his crown in front of a crowd
They marched with the torch, we gon’ run with it now
Never look back, we done gone hundreds of miles
From dark roads he rose, to become a hero
Facin’ the league of justice, his power was the people
Enemy is lethal, a king became regal
Saw the face of Jim Crow under a bald eagle
The biggest weapon is to stay peaceful
We sing, our music is the cuts that we bleed through
Somewhere in the dream we had an epiphany
Now we right the wrongs in history
No one can win the war individually
It takes the wisdom of the elders and young people’s energy
Welcome to the story we call victory”
Such power in these words for an injustice that still exists today! I’m proud to see @johnlegend & @common voice this in the song Glory for a movie that must be seen. #selma #glory #DrMartinLutherking #weareallequal