During Tuesday night’s Hand in Hand telethon, Beyoncé sent out a two-minute video supporting hurricane victims while also taking on the problems of racism, climate change, and violence.
“During the time where it’s impossible to watch the news without seeing violence or racism in this country, just when you think you couldn’t possibly get worse, natural disasters take precious life, do massive damage and forever change lives. Leaving behind contaminated water, flooded hospitals, schools and nursing homes. And countless families are now homeless,” she said in the video.
“In my hometown city of Houston, people need food, clothing, cleaning supplies, blankets, shoes, diapers and formula for babies. And, of course, clean water. The elderly need wheelchairs and kids need books and toys so they can continue to dream,” she continued.
“Natural disasters don’t discriminate. They don’t see if you’re an immigrant, Black or white, Hispanic or Asian, Jewish or Muslim, wealthy or poor. It doesn’t matter if you’re from Third Ward or River Oaks, we’re all in this together.”
The Hand in Hand telethon ultimately raised over $44 million for the tens of thousands of people who have been affected by the hurricanes that battered both Texas and Florida.