Gabriel Jesus wants people to be educated on why the Black Lives Matter sentiment is important in order to make a more peaceful world.

The death of George Floyd last week, who died in Minneapolis after a police officer knelt on his neck, has sparked protests across the world as people want to make their voices heard.

As a young black man, Manchester City striker Jesus has experienced racism in his life and can understand why Floyd's death has served as a flashpoint for anger and frustration to boil over at the inequality that still exists in societies.

For his part, he believes in peaceful protests and thinks that social media can be used as a tool for positivity to educate those that don't see the problem that exists.

"Racism isn’t a problem that only started in recent days and it isn’t normal, so people do feel that they have had enough, and they have exploded," he said.

"I’m against violence or any sort of violent protest. I’m all in favour of peaceful protests in order to say 'no to racism' and whenever we say 'Black Lives Matter', we should also read it correctly and understand the meaning behind it. We aren’t saying that other lives don’t matter, but we are saying that the lives of black people who feel racism, matter.

"We can’t generalise it. Not everyone is racist, the majority aren’t, but lots of people are and it’s like they haven’t got brains.

"So, when we use that sentence it’s because we know what it is to be a victim of racism. It is painful to feel it.

“I have suffered a couple of times. I’ve managed to elevate myself [above it]. On one occasion, I was in Uruguay whilst competing for the Libertadores Cup.

"One of the pictures I’ve recently posted is because I’m black and I’m from a favela and I was able to learn from those experiences, but everyone reacts and feels differently and I’ve got my way.

"Social media is very important these days, but the problem is that sometimes we don’t respect each other’s opinions or views and that can create a bigger problem or hate.

"I know it is difficult to speak about peace, but if we were to follow our lives based on peace, it would be a lot better.”