To help mark Prince‘s 62nd birthday on Sunday (June 7), the estate of the late icon has shared a powerful message from the artist about intolerance.
Prince’s timely words arrive at a time when the nation is protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who was suffocated by white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
“Nothing more ugly in the whole wide world than INTOLERANCE (between) Black, white, red, yellow, boy or girl. INTOLERANCE,” reads the handwritten note, which has been kept in his personal archives.
Prince’s estate shared a photo of the note on social media, noting that the artist “dedicated his life to speaking out against injustice, advocating for black excellence, and spreading the message of ‘Love 4 One Another.'”
Later in the morning on Sunday, the estate shared the official video for the late icon’s 2015 song “Baltimore,” which he wrote after Freddie Gray died in police custody. At the end of the video is another message from Prince: “The system is broken. It’s going to take the young people to fix it this time. We need new ideas, new life …”
Prince died from an accidental opioid overdose at his Minneapolis home in 2017. He was 57.
Dozens of artists and music companies have joined forces to support protests, Black Lives Matter and other social justice organizations in the wake of Floyd’s death.
See Prince’s powerful messages below.
“The system is broken. It’s going to take the young people to fix it this time. We need new ideas, new life.” Prince wrote "Baltimore" in 2015 following the death of Freddie Gray at the hands of police, in support of Black Lives Matter. #nojusticenopeacehttps://t.co/KxMmMgWf6U
— Prince (@prince) June 7, 2020