With all the events that have happened these past couple of days, a lot of people “look to” celebrities to speak up for what’s right. It’s not that we depend on them, but with certain people’s influence being so powerful, it would certainly make more of an impact if something was said. Beyoncé took to her website to display an open letter penned against police brutality.
The letter reads:
We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities.
It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they “stop killing us.”
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 consistently go unpunished.
These robberies of lives make us feel helpless and hopeless but we have to believe that we are fighting for the rights of the next generation, for the next young men and women who believe in good.
This is a human fight. No matter your race, gender or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized, who is struggling for freedom and human rights.
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 needs to be over.
Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win.
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 demand social and judicial changes.
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.”
On Thursday, Beyonce also displayed the name of all the victims of police brutality and asked for a moment of silence dusing her show in Glasgow.
Pay attention to who is speaking up and who is silent. In times like this, it’s very important that we stick together and stand up for what’s right. Black Lives do matter.