Beyoncé Leads Celeb Calls For Justice For Alton Sterling And Philando Castile In Wake Of Police Shootings
Beyoncé, Kanye West And More Celebs Lead Calls For Justice For Alton Sterling And Philando Castile In Wake Of Police Shootings
The world has been rocked this week following the brutal shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in the USA.
If you've been following the news, you will have seen the tragic events that resulted in the two black men being shot and killed by police officers in separate incidents that have caused widespread outrage and mass protest in cities across the country. Only this morning there are reports of retaliation, with four gunmen killing five and injuring six police officers in Dallas in a sniper style attack said to be in response to the killings of Sterling and Castile at the hands of the police.
Many have already expressed shock at all of the horrific events unfolding and among the celebrities speaking out is Beyoncé, who yesterday posted a statement calling for the widespread killings of black people by police officers in the United States to be addressed. She also paid public tribute to both men and the many more who have been killed in similar incidents across the country with a moment of silence during her Glasgow show the same evening.
“We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities,” she writes in the statement. “It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they 'stop killing us'.”
"We do not need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives. We're going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished."
This is not the first time Beyoncé has shown her support for the Black Lives Matter movement, involving the mothers of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown - all victims of shootings by police - in her music video for Lemonade.
Calling for people to help impact positive change, Beyonce also writes: "We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action. We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and deman social and judicial changes."
Other celebrities have joined Bey's call to confront injustice and Fifth Harmony's Normani Kordei posted a powerful message about being a black woman and why black lives matter.
Katy Perry, who is the most followed person on Twitter, also used her huge platform to share the graphic video of Sterling being shot by police despite having already been restrained by them.
Kanye West also shared the shocking video, which has led so many to question this senseless violence, while Zendaya had this to say:
Taking a slightly different approach, Rihanna reposted a video of a black woman pointing out that her children are not and should not ever be considered a mere statistic.
Having a similar thought, Drake made a point saying, "black and brown communities are becoming hashtags."
Olivia Wilde calls for people to stop trying to rationalise murder.
Nicki Minaj addressed the pattern of shootings of black people by police and the corresponding lack of convictions of those who pulled the trigger.
Hayley Williams shared prayers and a request for accountability.
A call to stand together comes from Meek Mill:
And finally, a powerful tribute from Tyga urging people not to shoot.