Dozens of celebrities have come forward and shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement, whether It’s through hefty donations or walking with the community in protest. But a specific celebrity caught my attention after some Twitter beef with a fan.

Halsey has been extremely vocal and present when it comes to this movement, but when a fan accused her of not “claiming her black side,” her response was bold.

I discovered today that Halsey is biracial after an angry fan tweeted this message:

“Notice how @halsey never claims her black side, but she ‘supports.’ Stop being ignorant. She’s never claimed her Black side. This is why I will NEVER SUPPORT HER. On her post she says ‘let black people speak,’ not ‘let our ppl speak.’ Nah, f-k her.” The tweet has since been deleted.

There are plenty of celebrities who would have seen that tweet and kept scrolling, but Halsey chose to respond in a calm and factual manner:

“I'm white passing. It’s not my place to say ‘we.' It’s my place to help. I am in pain for my family, but nobody is gonna kill me based on my skin color. I’ve always been proud of who I am but it’d be an absolute disservice to say ‘we’ when I’m not susceptible to the same violence."

I commend Halsey for standing by her actions. At first glance, I understand the other Twitter user’s frustration. Why isn’t Halsey saying “we?" Once I dug a little deeper, I came to the conclusion that Halsey is not hiding the fact that she is biracial, she is simply not bringing it to the forefront, so it doesn’t overshadow the more important agenda. She sees it as a “disservice” to try and relate to the lives of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, or the countless other victims of police brutality when she has never truly been a victim to oppression.

Halsey has been extremely active in the community, most recently marching alongside ex-boyfriend Dominic “Yungblud” Harrison in L.A. I respect her for understanding that her ethnicity is not what’s important in this movement right now; support, understanding, and action is.

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