Miguel tearfully addressed the past week’s police violence in the United States at London’s Wireless Festival on Friday night (July 8).
Two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, were fatally shot by police officers in separate incidents on July 5 and 6. On July 7, five white police officers — Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and Lorne Ahrens – were shot and killed during a protest in Dallas.
“We can’t let shit just blow over and not take action anymore,” Miguel said to the Wireless Festival crowd. “Look, our children will inherit this Earth when we’re gone. What are we leaving for them? What are we doing for them now, not tomorrow? Now!”
Miguel — who shared “How Many,” a song dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement earlier in the day on Friday — said on the Wireless stage that he couldn’t sleep the night before. He continued: “We cannot rest anymore. We have to do something. We have to say something. I’m sorry if I’m preaching to you. But it’s true.”
Watch Miguel’s speech in the video clip below.