Beyoncé: Stop Killing Black People
Following the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Beyoncé has penned an open letter urging political action be taken against the tragic killings. In a post titled “Freedom” on her website, the singer begs society to “stop killing us” and explains why black lives truly matter.
“We are sick and tired of the killing of young men and women in our communities,” she begins. “We don’t 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 go unpunished,” she continues. “This is not a plea to all police officers but toward any human being who fails to value life. The war on people of color and all minorities need to be over.”
“While we pray for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, we will also pray for an end to this plague of injustice in our communities,” she concluded.
Sterling was killed in Louisiana by two white police officers on Tuesday (July 5, 2016) after an anonymous caller reported that there was an alleged gunman outside a convenience store. On Wednesday (July 6, 2016), Castile was fatally shot as he was reaching for his wallet during a traffic stop in Minnesota.
Beyoncé’s note comes after Drake’s response to the shootings, in which the rapper condemned police brutality against people of color. Celebrities such as Zendaya, Don Cheadle, and Amandla Stenberg has also since spoken out about unnecessary violence inflicted upon the black community.
Read Beyoncé’s full essay — below.