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Logan Paul speaks out on BLM: "If you think white privilege doesn't exist, you are part of the problem"

The YouTube star was clear about where he stood on recent events in the US.

"America is racist" are the words that Logan Paul opened the latest episode of his Impaulsive podcast with, making no bones about where he stands over the current protests that are rocking the US.

The podcast which could be described on it's best days as "bro-ey" was devoted entirely to the situation unfolding in America, with Logan Paul delivering an earnest plea to his audience to "actively listen".

 

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Logan Paul has called for people to be anti-racist (Picture: Impaulsive)

 

Logan spoke of "educating himself" over the racial injustices that are baked into American society, and feels that he has to do more considering his sizeable audience.

"I have been, not silent, but I have not used my influence the way I should."

After Logan and his guests laid out how they see the events since George Floyd's death at the hands of a police officer, which they described as "complicated", the YouTube star read a prepared statement acknowledging his own white privilege, imploring his audience to hold people accountable, and actively work to end racism.

Logan said: "Listen closely, one of my biggest learnings from all of this and I am embarrassed it has taken me 25 years to realize this: It is not enough to be 'not racist'."

He then asked his audience to look at everyone in their life and "condemn those who feign superiority because of the colour of their skin".

"Hold friends accountable. Hold your family accountable. Hold yourself accountable and most importantly, we must hold our authorities accountable," he added.

He also had suggestions about how people could enact change, referencing rapper James "Killer Mike" Brown Miller's impassioned plea to "bully the politicians at the voting booth," delivered on the 1st June after a weekend of rioting in Atlanta, Georgia.

 

 

"Make your voice heard. Attend a protest. Speak up against injustice! If you're white, if you look like me, use your privilege!" Logan said.

Logan also made it abundantly clear his white privilege may well have saved his life, describing his behaviour witnessed in some of his vlogs as "hooligan s**t" and he can count on "zero hands the amount of times that I have feared for my life at a routine traffic stop".

"I'm able to get away with some of my hooligan shit I do in my vlogs is because I'm a white kid."

Logan intends to take his activism to the streets in protest, imploring his celebrity friends to use their platform to spread the message of "solidarity and unity," and work to "reverse engineer the system as a collective".

"On behalf of Breonna Taylor, we must change. On behalf of Ahmaud Arbery, we must advance. And on behalf of George Floyd and the hundreds of others who have been unjustly murdered in this country, we must evolve." 

 

 

Logan Paul is one of YouTube's biggest stars with a combined 25.2M subscribers across his channels, he clearly feels he hasn't done enough.

"I got money that's cool, I got followers that's cool. What the f**k have I done to attempt to activate my audience, the people who follow me, the people who listen to me? 

"I am an influencer, what has my real influence been?"

Logan Paul's statement was subsequently posted to his Twitter and at the time of writing had over 62k retweets and 286k. Logan isn't the only Paul who has found himself part of the conversation around the protests with his brother, Jake Paul having to come out denying that he had been looting at an Arizona mall after video emerged showing him in the vicinity.

 

Read Logan Pauls statement in full

"Listen closely, one of my biggest learnings from all of this and I am embarrassed it has taken me 25 years to realize this: It is not enough to be 'not racist.'

"You have to be anti-racist. Condemn those who feign superiority because of the color of their skin! Friends... hold friends accountable. Hold your family accountable. Hold yourself accountable and most importantly, we must hold our authorities accountable.

"Police officers, politicians, policymakers. As Killer Mike said, BULLY the politicians are the voting booth. Make your voice heard. Attend a protest. Speak up against injustice! If you're white, if you look like me, use your privilege! And for those who do not think white privilege exists, you are f**king blind.

"You are delusional, and you are part of the problem! I can count on zero hands the amount of times that I have feared for my life at a routine traffic stop. That has never happened. Half of the reason I'm able to get away with some of my hooligan shit I do in my vlogs is because I'm a white kid.

"I'm confident that I do not have to fear for my life should the cops show up. Acknowledge and weaponized your privilege. I believe we're going to a protest today, and you can bet your f**king ass I will be in the front line.

"Knowing all this about America, its racially charged background, its inability to truly treat humans as equals, even after 244 years since its inception, we must now work towards finding the solution. If you are an influencer or a celebrity friend of mine I hope you are using your platform to continue to spread the message of solidarity and unity.

"I do not have all the answers but I know we must now reverse engineer the system as a collective. We must open our eyes and realize there is only one race and that is the human race.

"On behalf of Breonna Taylor, we must change. On behalf of Ahmaud Arbery, we must advance. And on behalf of George Floyd and the hundreds of others who have been unjustly murdered in this country, we must evolve."

 

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