Ellen deletes vapid tweet on racial justice after blowback from fans

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Ellen DeGeneres was criticized by progressives on Twitter for a tweet she wrote in response to the current national protests against institutionalized racism and police brutality. She deleted that tweet, wrote another tweet, and was then criticized by conservatives.

In a tweet from this past Saturday, Ellen wrote, “Like so many of you, I am angry and I am sad. People of color in this country have faced injustice for far too long. For things to change, things must change. We must commit ourselves to this change with conviction and with love.”

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The tweet was a reference to on-going protests that followed the death of George Floyd while in police custody. Last week, video of white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the unarmed black man’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds went viral. Floyd said that he couldn’t breathe, but Chauvin didn’t move, kneeling on his neck for three minutes after Floyd stopped breathing.

Ellen’s tweet was criticized for not referring to Black people – she only mentioned “people of color” – and for offering only banal sentimentality in the face of massive anger about death and injustice.

“It’s not love if you just mean “sweetly imploring oppressed people to stop damaging property,” wrote Twitter user Beth McColl in response. She also referenced Ellen’s famous friendship with former President George W. Bush.

Another person on Twitter wrote that she “can’t stop thinking about Ellen tweeting ‘For things to change, things must change’ it’s just so powerful.”

Ellen deleted that tweet – the text was saved by Nico Lang at them – and she wrote another tweet on Monday to replace it that was much more specific.

“I support the protestors who are exercising their rights and standing up against the horrible injustices that Black people in America face everyday,” she wrote.

In another tweet, she wrote that she’s donating money to several organizations that are fighting institutionalized racism and police brutality.

“I hope you will join me if you are able,” she wrote.

Ellen then got responses from conservatives, who accused her of supporting violence.

One white person on Twitter told her to be more like Martin Luther King, who he believed supported “calm” over racial equality.

Another white person told Ellen to donate to educational institutions, as if education protects people’s necks when police decide to handcuff them and kneel on them until they die.

In another tweet, Ellen celebrated Pride Month by recognizing that “the protests that came before me allowed me to be the out, successful person I am. I support the protestors demanding change now.”

Several conservatives responded to her tweet, accusing her of supporting “Antifa” and wanting to give them “cookies” and a beverage of some sort.

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