Many celebrities are calling for justice for Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old who lost his life during a run in Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia. His death has raised awareness about hate crime, and how Georgia must change the laws. Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and other stars are joining forces and demanding justice for Ahmaud, who was killed by two white men during a jog on a Sunday afternoon in February. “Today I will not draw joy... Today I draw Pain. Today I sketch Injustice. Today I paint a prayer... “If I shall die before my run, I pray the Lord my case is won.” captioned Nikkolas Smith with a portrait he created in honor of Ahmaud. The artwork has been re-posted by Penelope Cruz and other celebrities demanding a movement and justice for Ahmaud, who was supposed to turn 26 on May 8.
Kim Kardashian also shared on her social media a portrait of Ahmaud and encouraged her fans “to sign the petition so that charges will be filed and justice for Ahmaud Arbery’s family can be served.”
Salma Hayek also voiced her concerns in a post, “I am deeply saddened by the devastating death of Ahmaud Arbery who at only 25 becomes yet another victim of hate crimes. This brutality has got to stop.”
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I am deeply saddened by the devastating death of Ahmaud Arbery who at only 25 becomes yet another victim of hate crimes. This brutality has got to stop. I encourage my rainbow of followers to look into his case and unite your voices by signing a petition @changedotorg demanding justice for Ahmaud’s life. My heart and prayers go out to Ahmaud’s family and friends for their great and unjustifiable loss. #irunwithmaud #JusticeForAhmaud @naacp Me entristece profundamente la devastadora muerte de Ahmaud Arbery, que con solo 25 años se convierte en otra víctima de los crímenes de odio. Esta brutalidad tiene que parar. Aliento a mi arcoíris de seguidores a que estudien su caso y unan sus voces firmando la petición @changedotorg que exige justicia para la vida de Ahmaud. Mi corazón y mis oraciones están con la familia y amigos de Ahmaud por su gran e injustificable pérdida.
Eva Longoria re-posted her friend Salma and added the note, “Enough is enough. Hate crimes must stop. My heart sank listening to this tragedy.”
Demi Lovato is someone who is not afraid to speak up about injustice. She posted a picture of Ahmaud on Instagram and captioned, “I can’t sleep because of this. I want to say so much more but I can’t gather my thoughts right now.”
Mark Ruffalo took a stand and called out the corrupt system, “When the system is corrupt, then it’s up to us to stand together to fight against injustice. #JusticeForAhmaud”
Ellen DeGeneres posted an action alert in order to raise more understanding about the situation, “This young man was jogging, and was hunted down and killed for absolutely no reason other than the color of his skin. His name is Ahmaud Arbery.”
Jamie Foxx questioned the hate crime and injustice of the black community, “No words. God bless the families and god bless us,” he wrote on Instagram. “Why do they hate us so bad? Is the question I have asked since I was a little boy in Texas... what did we do to deserve so much hate?”
Taylor Swift shared her concerns on her social media, “I’m absolutely devastated and horrified by the senseless, cold-blooded, racially motivated killing of Ahmaud Arbery. #JusticeForAhmaud
Black Eyed Peas member, Apl.de.ap also posted on his social media an image of Ahmaud while other fans continue to support the message of justice with the hashtag #JusticeForAhmaud. The hashtag #IRunwithMaud has also been going viral to show solidarity with the avid runner and his family.